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LDG Properties legitimate?

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LDG Properties legitimate?

I posted the other day about having difficulty finding a flat to rent. I heard back on a place which is managed by LDG Properties. What concerns me is that they want full payment up front. Also, they charge a 3% fee for credit/debit card processing. But, that's the only method of payment they offer. You have to either call them with your card information or fax it to them. Calling and just giving a credit card number over the phone seems a little.....scary. I wanted to see what advice or information anyone can offer about the company and/or it's payment process. I could always ask them if they can process via paypal or some other method. Thanks in advance!

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1. Re: LDG Properties legitimate?

If the website you've found is www.ldg.co.uk then they do not book holiday lets but instead short hold tenancies from six to 12 months minimum stay.

If that is not the website you've found, can you let us have the link, please.

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2. Re: LDG Properties legitimate?

Thank you Traveller for the response. That is the website. I did a search on this forum and found an old thread where no one really had a conclusion, but stated that based on their listings and the reviews, it "appeared" to be a legitimate company. Here is the thread link - it isn't too old either.

tripadvisor.com/ShowTopic-g186338-i17-k67398…

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3. Re: LDG Properties legitimate?

Found a little more information, Traveller. tripadvisor.com/ShowTopic-g186338-i17-k70422…

Based on that thread and reviewing the google document that was attached, they appear to be legitimate.

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4. Re: LDG Properties legitimate?

I have booked with them. I was comfortable paying completely upfront, as that is what most rentals I've stayed at have required. Also, they have quite a generous cancellation fee- full refund until two weeks prior to your stay, I believe. (Not at home now so I don't have my contract in front of me)

LDG is certainly is letigimate, as you have read. I sent my cc info via email., and LDG are who the charge went through on my credit card. I think 3% is fairly standard as they are charged that by cc company.

So far LDG (Matthew Cox) has been very responsive and professional. I haven't stayed at the flat yet so cannot attest to that.

Best of luck in your decision.

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Apologies for the typos! Typing in a hurry and on my mobile.

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6. Re: LDG Properties legitimate?

I've not rented through ldg but have bought and sold property. They have been around for many years and certainly the sales side is perfectly fine to deal with.

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7. Re: LDG Properties legitimate?

Thank you all for the responses. I feel more comfortable after reading everything that I have. I haven't heard back from them after I emailed yesterday, accepting their offer. Could be people are out of the office on Friday. Plus the 6 hours difference doesn't help timing much either.

Anyway, thanks again. Cheers!

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I just wanted to post a follow-up to this initial inquiry. I received a response from the letting company on Friday (Feb 21st) that the flat was available and they asked me to complete the booking form and send it back. I sent the completed form to them on Sunday (Feb 23rd). Today, I received an email that the owner has suddenly changed her mind and she is now going to live in the apartment; so it has now become unavailable.

I don't blame the letting company for this. But, it sure seems odd the extreme quick turn-a-round by the owner.

I tried to work with another company who wanted to send me lists of their properties and if there were any I was interested in, they would then proceed to see if it was available. This just seemed counter intuitive to me. I would think you'd find out what the availability is on any properties you manage so you could provide a list that is available which matches he needs of the potential client. But, maybe I'm just backwards ;)

Based on the run-a-round, the endless hunting, the feeling of a place being listed for a particular price only to find out that the price is increased when you show interest, the feeling of the bait and switch, I think it's just a red flag that we need to put off our visit for a year. We'll take the year to save some more and then June 2015, maybe things will be better. At least it will be less stress on us in regards to our budget.

Thanks to all who responded and gave their advice. It was greatly appreciated and I still plan to use it - only a year later than originally thought.

Cheers.

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9. Re: LDG Properties legitimate?

I would think you'd find out what the availability is on any properties you manage so you could provide a list that is available which matches he needs of the potential client.

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Well yes but its going to be much easier for them to check availability for 2 or 3 that interest you based on requirements than maybe 50 or more so I think you do have things the wrong way round. As for agencies and providers this list compiled by TALF regular Tex Scott is based on reliable/reputable ones. I suspect you'll have less problems if you stick to providers who specialise in holiday lets. LDG sound legit but it also sounds as if their vacation lets are opportunistic and would account for unexpected changes of mind.

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10. Re: LDG Properties legitimate?

Rather than be out off. If you posted dates and a nightly budget, plus how many in your party, you'd get a lot of help here.

Texscott has an excellent list if tried and trusted rentals, but I'm on my mobile and don't have the link handy. Perhaps someone can be kind enough to find it and post it for you.

Even if you do decide to postpone, it might be a good basis for your search.