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Is this sketchy?

I contacted a person about a Puerto Morelos condo listed here on TA (and on flipkey); the owner responded that their condo was reserved but a friend had a condo for rent in the same building. They want us to send a deposit to them (the first owners) and bring cash for the rest of the stay when we arrive.

I'm not super comfortable renting from people whose names I don't even know (the friends) and not having any kind paper trail via VRBO, TA or Flipkey.

What do you think?

I'm having a hard time finding a PM rental - those on VRBO are booked. Any other suggestions?

St. Louis, MO
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1. Re: Is this sketchy?

At first read, yes, it seems dubious. Thinking further, however, this guy may simply be trying to help both you and his friend. What is this owner's reputation? If he has several + reviews and keeps his TA ad current that would make me feel good enough to explore further.

Several hurdles remain. First off, any rental agreement is a legal contract. Who are you entering into this legal arrangement with? Will he vouch for your satisfaction with his friend's property? Second, have you seen pictures of the friends place? You should be able to view the actual property you will be in.

If you get push back on any of these two items I'd walk away. If satisfied with that then I would definitely demand that you talk with the friend...

Edited: 08 July 2014, 18:50
Ontario, Canada
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2. Re: Is this sketchy?

i would have the first owner put you in contact with their friend so that you can deal directly with whom you are renting from.

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3. Re: Is this sketchy?

Yes, sounds sketchy. Always trust your gut.

Puerto Morelos
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4. Re: Is this sketchy?

Send me the link of the property you Are dealing with and I can quickly tell you. Which condos? Deposit to them and balance on arrival is probably more to do with collecting commission than anything else. We have a high standard of reputable holiday rentals here, funny business is frowned upon and jumped upon.




Puerto Morelos, MX
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5. Re: Is this sketchy?

Actually it sounded like a normal response. Their unit is rented but their friend has an opening Also the deposit now and cash on arrival is normal as well. Share the condo name with us and we can probably alleviate your fears.


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