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    • MSE Jenny
    • By MSE Jenny 29th Jun 12, 1:07 PM
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    Cheap holiday rentals guide discussion
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    • 29th Jun 12, 1:07 PM
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    Cheap holiday rentals guide discussion 29th Jun 12 at 1:07 PM

    Hi all, we've written a new Cheap Holiday Rentals guide to help you rent bargain villas, apartments and cottages.

    How did you find the info? If you've done it, how did it go and do you have any other tips you'd add? Have you successfully haggled with the owner? Tell us about your best holidays.

    for your help!

    MSE Jenny

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    • Truly,Truly
    • By Truly,Truly 19th Apr 17, 5:09 PM
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    Save the booking fee and spend on holiday........
    If book directly with the owner you can save the booking fee from holiday rentals websites. You can also haggle with the owner.
    Down load the app from Stay s a v r and you can get the owners details .Why pay a booking fee when you don't need too.
    Spend it on a good meal out.
    Download the app from Stay s a v r .
    Always try to speak with the owner to ensure you are getting the best deal possible. I am an owner and prefer to let the accommodation for less than have it lying empty.
    Some of the websites block the owners details, but if you download the free app you can then view all the details - its magic.
    • Vegastare
    • By Vegastare 18th Aug 17, 3:22 PM
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    Must admit I was totally put off renting a holiday cottage in Northumberland, Ownersdirect were adding 70 to booking and the price for rental was really high, next time we looked the rental price was up again.

    Don't think it does the owner any favours when sites do this.
    • Rasika Dissanayake
    • By Rasika Dissanayake 25th Oct 17, 4:44 PM
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    Rasika Dissanayake
    Trip Adviser is not secure
    I booked 3 rooms of a holiday rental via Trip Advisor (TA). All communication and the payment was through their web site.

    Despite fully paid and the booking was agreed only two of us checked in on 14th Saturday. When inquired about other rooms the care taker advised that they are being cleaned and will be available soon. We went out and came late that night and the caretaker was not available when we returned.

    On noon next day we tried to open one of the rooms assigned to us and found out that it was occupied. The caretaker admitted the double booking and the room was not available until late evening and we had to arrange alternate accommodation for one of our late arriving members of the group.
    I took this up with TA and they informed me that according to their T&C any dispute with the owner should bought to their attention before staying 1st night. Accordingly they advised the owner of the property to directly communicate with us which never happened.

    As such in case of any materiel breach of agreement after the first night is not protected with Trip Advisor, which is well disguised in their web site.

    Does anyone else experienced something similar?

    Those who recommend holiday rentals would have overlooked the risk associated compared to ATOL protected travel companies
    Last edited by Rasika Dissanayake; 25-10-2017 at 5:04 PM.
    • Jill from Swindon
    • By Jill from Swindon 16th May 18, 6:02 PM
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    Jill from Swindon
    My first post! I'm prompted to write in this thread as we own a holiday home on the Norfolk coast and have been running it as a holiday let for around seven years now. So I'm looking at this topic from the other side.
    Renting a holiday home puts mutual trust and respect at the heart of the transaction: we trust our guests to take care of our property, not annoy the neighbours, arrive and leave at the arranged times etc; they trust us to come up with the promised goods and put everything in place so that they can have an enjoyable holiday. We take a 100 deposit which we almost always return in full after they leave. I think It's this which ensures most people do leave the house clean and tidy!
    Someone commented further up the thread that the big agencies charge high fees to owners, and this is what has led us to steer clear of them. Some of those mentioned actually keep hold of the guests' money from the time they book until after they leave, so that the owners sometimes don't get the cash for several months, which can lead to cash flow problems.
    We advertise through directories rather than agencies, and handle everything ourselves, which means we can keep our prices lower than those who have to factor in agency and cleaning costs. So that's a tip for anyone seeking a value-for-money self catering holiday. We can also build up a personal relationship with our guests through the booking process, which means we can make sure special requests are dealt with, misunderstandings avoided, and quite often happy guests come back another time!
    Just thought putting the owners' perspective would be useful in this thread.
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