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Has anyone used this service for holiday apartment rental? Was it ok?

I am seeking a flat or studio for two, quiet and near a beach.

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1. Re: HomeAway.co.uk

It is a listing service for holiday home owners. You deal with the owner or an agent directly. Reviews for the property will give you an indication of how the properties are and you should read them carefully. Properties with no reviews, you should make sure to ask all the right questions before you book and follow the rules given by HomeAway regarding payment. Cancellation policy is important too.

Edited: 23 December 2013, 14:19
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Your contract is with the owner and this type of agency waives any responsibility for standards. Most properties will be fine but I know of one in Villefranche that is advertised as a one bed flat when it is actually a studio. Reviews are usually legit but some are placed by the owners or their friends. We rented an expensive place in Dorset, advertised on holiday rentals, a year or so ago which, remarkably, turned out to have no saucepans. The owner reckoned that this was reasonable as 'most people on holiday prefer to use the microwave'. Check details carefully, especially square footage, as many French properties are very small.

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3. Re: HomeAway.co.uk

Rather than a listing service without any responsibility you may like to contact an agency which has guarantees for your deposit and booking. This is the case with members of FNAIM -the French estate agents association who have to deposit a bond to cover claims.

Of course, there may be nothing wrong with any of the individuals who list on Home away or any similar site but scamming and fraud is increasing on online sites which is seen as an easy way to separate people from their money.

You should also look at the Antibes tourist office site for rental properties - they offer at least a degree of security ...www.antibesjuanlespins.com


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