100% Villa Verification
It's very sensible to book your Orlando villa direct with a villa owner – it saves money by cutting out the middle man which is a good deal for both parties!
However, by removing the middle man you also remove some of the security you have when booking via a more expensive travel agent – How do you know a villa you find on the Internet is real? How do you know the owner is the legitimate owner? How can you protect your money?
At Villas4All.com we go some way to allaying these concerns with our 100% villa verification scheme; each and EVERY villa that you find listed on our site has been through a series of checks before appearing here, these include:
- Villa owner providing us with a recent utility bill for their villa's address.
- We then manually match the villa address with home owner information stored within the official Florida country records. Only then do we include the villa on Villas4All.com.
- We repeat this process for each villa annually.
- By making these checks we have done our very best to ensure that you can find an Orlando villa with reduced risk.
- We act solely as an introducer between you the guest and the private villa owners listed here. Once you make initial contact with the owner all future correspondence is direct with them. We don't provide any financial security / deposit.
What else can you do to protect yourself?
Here we suggest some additional steps you could take to further establish the legitimacy of a villa owner before parting with any cash:
- Ask your chosen villa owner questions about the location of their villa; recommended restaurants, journey times to attractions etc. to get a feel for the place. Serious rental owners will be happy to oblige and able to answer.
- Ask your chosen villa owner if they can provide any contact details of previous guests willing to verify their legitimacy directly to you.
- Do you have a booking contract? A villa owner should send you a booking contract to sign outlining the terms and conditions of their Orlando accommodation before you book.
- Typically a villa rental deposit is 25% of the total with the balance due 6-8 weeks before departure. If 100% payment is requested up front be wary.
- Some owners may have a PayPal account, which allows you pay online via credit card. Payments by PayPal are covered for 45 days after payment, so if you pay your balance 6-8 weeks before departure this should give you enough time to make a claim following a fraud.
- Be wary of paying for accommodation by untraceable methods such as a wire transfer company.