Paying for apartment rental in Rome

Old Apr 15th, 2009, 08:47 AM
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Paying for apartment rental in Rome

Hi everyone,

I am a newcomer and I am planning to rent an apartment in Rome: http://www.vrbo.com/75004. I searched for it on this forum, and found that tedgale rented it two years back. The location seems really good.

The owner asked me to bank wire her the 30% deposit. Is it normal practice? My banker advised me to be very careful.

tedgale, if you happen to read this post, would you recommend the apt?

Thanks a lot

Karina.
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Old Apr 15th, 2009, 08:55 AM
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Wiring the deposit isn't unusual at all. You may also want to check on SlowTrav to see if it was reviewed there.
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Old Apr 15th, 2009, 08:58 AM
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I rented an apartment in Venice and had to pay a deposit...done through PayPal which made it easy. Yes, you will often have to pay a deposit, however others will be better able to advise you since this is through VRBO. Any particular reason why you chose this apartment?
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Old Apr 15th, 2009, 08:58 AM
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Thanks! I will check slowtrav.
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Old Apr 15th, 2009, 09:01 AM
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travelfan1, I chose the apartment because it is very close to Spanish steps, and it is quite spacious. I do not like the bank wire stuff, though.
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Is it the apartment on this thread?
http://www.fodors.com/community/euro...nce-venice.cfm
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Old Apr 15th, 2009, 09:38 AM
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kybourbon, yes, that's the one. I wish the owner would use paypal.
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If you prefer not to use a bank wire, offer to sent an international draft -- your bank issues a check in euros. The cost to you would probably be in the same ballpark as the wire fee.
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Ooops, sent too soon.....Or suggest travelers checks in euros that you buy here (at about a 7% markup, so probably not greatly different cost than wire or draft).
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Old Apr 15th, 2009, 09:54 AM
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Kayd, thanks for the suggestions!
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Don't know that apartment but can certainly recommend the street & surrounding area.
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