Rental agreement info?

Feb 5th, 2013, 06:48 AM
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Rental agreement info?

Hi, I'm in the process of renting a villa in Rome, Italy, that we will be traveling to in about two months.
The renter is asking for passport numbers from each of the guests on the rental agreement and has asked me to email it back to him. I'm assuming this is ok, but wanted to verify before sending the information.
He is also asking for payment at the time of arrival in cash. It looks as if the place has only been with Home Away since 2011. Personally, I prefer paying in cash when we arrive, but thought that was a bit odd. Maybe he doesn't handle credit cards?
I guess I'm looking for reassurance that this isn't too much of the norm Thanks!
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Feb 5th, 2013, 06:49 AM
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P.s. I meant 'out' of the norm
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Feb 5th, 2013, 07:24 AM
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Yes he has to have the passport details, but normally you provide them when you arrive along with a photocopy of the passport because you may change the names before you arrive, if he wants it now provide it or explain if there is a problem

In terms of "He is also asking for payment at the time of arrival in cash. It looks as if the place has only been with Home Away since 2011. Personally, I prefer paying in cash when we arrive,"
since he wants what you want how is there a problem?

If you are Italian it would be illegal but since you are a foreigner there is no problem apart from
1) getting the cash
2) getting it to him without being mugged
3) counting it

if you can do 1, 2 and 3 (and there are issues here) then no problem
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Feb 5th, 2013, 07:37 AM
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"If you are Italian it would be illegal . . ."

??? What do you mean by that?
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Feb 5th, 2013, 07:51 AM
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Well, #1 and #2 shouldn't be a problem and I've read Rome is fairly safe, so hopefully, #3 won't be a problem.
No worries, then
Just looking for reassurance
I live in the US...first time renting in Italy.
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Feb 5th, 2013, 08:21 AM
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There's a reason for proof reading before posting a response...sorry. Meant 1 & 3 shouldn't be a problem Hopefully, not 2.
I am so embarrassed..blush
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Feb 5th, 2013, 08:36 AM
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Italians cannot legally exchange between them cash or other untraceable values for amounts of 1000 euros or more, but this proved impractical with foreigners. UE and EEA citizens have the same limit as Italians; other nationals can pay in cash up to 15000 euro, but a tax notification including copies of passports should be filed by the receiver.

Remember that if you are importing into Italy more than 10000 euro you should declare the amount at customs when entering.
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Feb 5th, 2013, 08:57 AM
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More info: we're only renting for three nights, so the amount is under 1000 Euros.
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Feb 16th, 2013, 06:55 AM
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We are renting in Rome in April. I have researched apartment rentals quite a bit and the Paypal/credit card deposit with cash on arrival appears to be an industry standard.

Check your agreement careful to see if a refundable cash damage deposit is required. Sometimes it is, sometimes not. Sometimes they don't require cash but will take a check which is returned to you upon departure inspection.
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Feb 16th, 2013, 07:32 AM
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The passport numbers prior to arrival is a bit out of the ordinary, but this owner/manager may do it that way just so there's one less thing to do on arrival day.

Normally, most owners/managers would get your numbers on arrival day or make copies of your passports.

The cash on arrival is fairly standard. A lot of threads here question how to pay it -- getting it from an ATM, etc. If that's a bit of a problem the first day because of ATM limits, most owners understand and will use your CC as backup until you pay the full amount in cash prior to your departure.
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Feb 16th, 2013, 07:41 AM
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I saw one company that wanted to keep a piece of ID if you couldn't provide the full cash payment on arrival. The ID would be returned upon payment of remaining rent and a €25 penalty.
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