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26 Jun 2019 4:24 PM by angeleyes1 Star rating in Camposol & Bradford. 405 posts Send private message

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I considered booking a holiday rental through

I contacted them and asked if my up front payment was safe, who they were, how long they had been trading and who were the owners.

Their answer was ‘’ we are not able say’’.

When you have to shoot, shoot, don't talk.

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26 Jun 2019 9:08 PM by Jarvi Star rating in Halifax UK and Sucin.... 758 posts Send private message

Some are, but if you do book, always pay with a credit card. One of the scams is for you to be asked to pay by bank transfer, if anything goes wrong your money is gone

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28 Jun 2019 11:58 AM by Marksfish Star rating in Vera, Almeria. 2607 posts Send private message

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We used to take bookings through Niumba. They took the payment from the guests and held it until the end of the holiday, when it was paid to us. They are a part of a bigger group, so perfectly safe I would say.

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29 Jun 2019 6:27 PM by Kavanagh Star rating in Oil Drum Lane Newcas.... 1229 posts Send private message

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Holiday rental sites are no different to any other business and carry the risk of going bankrupt or running off with your money. The size of the company guarantees nothing and neither does their fancy website. If any company refuses full disclosure they are high risk and to be avoided.

There is enough in the world for everyone, but not enough for the greedy!

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30 Jun 2019 2:38 PM by ayrez Star rating in La Marina Oasis. 379 posts Send private message

We used spain holiday to rent out our house years ago. They must have been trading for over ten years or so. From what I remember the payment is made directly to the home owner but as an owner you had to prove ownership of property. 

As I stated, this was a long time ago and things may have changed, perhaps someone may have more up to date info.

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