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Ugh: Paris Homeaway property not up to our standards

Ugh: Paris Homeaway property not up to our standards

Jun 14th, 2013, 01:14 PM
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Ugh: Paris Homeaway property not up to our standards

We're not THAT fussy; after all; we booked a flat on the 6th floor; with no elevator, near Rue Montorgueil. However; the convertible sofa in the living room has no sheets that we can find. The duvet is dreadful and the duvet cover needs a good wash. Daughter is sleeping on the sofa with dad's freshly laundered tshirt over the pillow. On the up side, the location is fabulous and there's room to spread out. Am looking for alternatives; in case the owner doesn't make it right. Have already contacted the credit card company about disputing the charge.

Suggestions appreciated.
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Jun 14th, 2013, 01:50 PM
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You must contact the owner or contact Homeaway .
Disputing charges is not the way to go. You have to get this resolved. Disputing a charge can only be done because it is a payment not authorised by you and I take it you did authorise it.
In the end you can right a bad review on homeaway.
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Jun 14th, 2013, 02:02 PM
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Amy, can you post a link to the apartment?

So sorry about the apartment, hope you can get a good nights sleep.
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Jun 14th, 2013, 02:05 PM
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I sent an urgent message and the owner did show up just q few minutes ago with clean sheets that had gone to his apartment (presumably nearby). All's well; thankfully.
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Jun 14th, 2013, 02:28 PM
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Please don't post the apartment link here - it seems like a very minor issue that the owner fixed very quickly - I can't imagine why you would jump to contacting your credit card company - or even posting on here - without giving the owner at least a few hours to remedy the situation.
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Jun 14th, 2013, 02:35 PM
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I had the exact same thoughts, Hez. Glad it has been rectified.
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Jun 14th, 2013, 03:05 PM
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Au contraire, Hez and Patty. The owner should never have allowed these unwelcome conditions to exist. Amy_torres_sd took immediate action and got things righted. Do not tolerate poor performance or it will continue. Good work Amy.
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Jun 14th, 2013, 03:26 PM
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You missed the point, spaarne. Amy should have given the owner some time to remedy the situation before posting about it here, especially with the part about already having contacted the CC company to dispute the charge. "Stuff" happens, and the important thing is whether the owner takes care of it, and how quickly. Sounds like a good lessor, to me.
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Jun 14th, 2013, 03:30 PM
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I don't see how you can "dispute the charges" if you stay in the apartment.
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Jun 14th, 2013, 06:09 PM
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Agree - if yuo stay in the place you really can;t dispute the charges That would be only if the apt was either not there/available - or unlivable - as in not having any water or being filthy, not having and sheets and towels and appliances that don;t work.

If the owner had not provided sheets right away I would just have bought some and then had the owner reimburse you
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Jun 14th, 2013, 06:41 PM
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I think contacting the credit card company was totally jumping the gun, considering the issues involved and the OP was actually staying in the apartment. Anyway, sounds like it got resolved. Anyway, sounds like the owner responded quickly and responsibly.
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Jun 15th, 2013, 01:47 AM
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As you specifically request suggestions, mine would be to calm down a bit and take your whole trip a little slower mentally and emotionally.

Posting on the web and calling your credit card company is kind of a strong reaction to something " not meeting our expectations", especially when you haven't given the other party a chance to make good.

Trips are not going to be perfect. Sixth floor walk-ups are not going to be the Ritz. The landlord made good.
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Jun 15th, 2013, 02:30 AM
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I agree with Ack. Just the fact that it is a 6-floor walkup guarantees that it was never going to be the Ritz. If the owner took care of the important problems immediately, that is great.

Of course, we have no idea whether you overpaid for what you got, of course.
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Jun 15th, 2013, 02:42 AM
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Point taken (that I was jumping the gun.) I didn't start the dispute process, just asked what my options were in this situation. The landlord arrived shortly before midnight, and produced sheets within a few minutes. There are a few other inconveniences (such as advertised AC being nonexistent and the refrigerator precariously tipping forward under the counter) but on the whole, I am satisfied with the flat. It was late and we all were tired and hungry. Thanks for your patience:
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Jun 15th, 2013, 03:31 AM
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This thread feels like typical American travel anxiety. With the internet, many travelers feel pressured to have the best possible outcome, no matter what the price point or circumstances. If they don't see immediate five-stars (in their 1-star rental), they will run to the blogs and post anything and everything negative, a real-time thumbs-down, before the bags are even unpacked. How insane is that? Who would want to be a vacation landlord in this day and age?

There was a time, when you wanted 5-star accommodations, you had to pay for them. Maybe that's still the case.
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Jun 15th, 2013, 03:44 AM
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I did not post the url for the apartment on purpose. I was hopeful for a favorable outcome but trying to get my game plan on for the worst case scenario. Yes, this IS a new experience (renting apartments instead of hotel rooms.) Our previous home rental was a perfect situation for us, and we have others to follow in this trip. It's a big investment for us (a family of four) in both time and money. So YES, there was a fair amount of concern.
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Jun 15th, 2013, 03:49 AM
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amy, sounds like you did the right thing, it can be a struggle to get the brain going after a long flight with the burden of language barriers and responsibility for other family member's enjoyment, well done, deep breath, enjoy the holiday
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Jun 15th, 2013, 04:38 AM
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I think if you rent a vacation apt, particularly a cheaper one, you really have to have a different mindset and not expect perfection or the services of a hotel. I think some people maybe shouldn't rent vacation apts, getting upset about a refrigerator not tilting quite right, etc., shows that maybe you should stay in a hotel.
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Jun 15th, 2013, 05:11 AM
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"We're not THAT fussy"

Doesn't quite gel with

"So YES, there was a fair amount of concern."

Perfection in the apartment rental game is completely unrealistic. Many of these apartments are for sale in "as is" condition. Nobody is going to tell you if this is the case.

Christina is right, "I think some people maybe shouldn't rent vacation apts."

I thank the OP for not posting the link.
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Jun 15th, 2013, 05:23 AM
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Actually, a refrigerator that tilts too much could fall over. Probably not likely in this case, since she mentioned it being under the counter, but it's still possible. A more likely problem with a tilting refrigerator is that the door could open of itself. That would make it difficult to keep food cold.

And WHY do some words keep getting automatically capitalized when they aren't supposed to be? In this case both "Cold" and "Words". Is this something Fodors is doing? It's very recent and did not happen last week. Oh, and almost every word is underlined in red, too. Why?
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