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Daily Q&A: How can I check if a vacation rental company is legit?

I recently read your article about bogus websites for vacation rentals. Is there anyway to find legit sites, trying to contact a real estate agent in Manhattan or London or a Pacific Island is not easy. Is there a trade association or something?

Terry Craft, St. Petersburg

There are associations that establish a standard of ethics for vacation rental businesses. You always can check with the Better Business Bureau to see if there are complaints against a particular company and search online complaint boards.

Here are some sites for the vacation rental industry:

Vacation Rental Industry Association at www.vria.org, U.S. Vacation Rental Association at www.usvacationrentalassociation.com, Vacation Rental Managers Association at www.vrma.com, and the Florida Vacation Rental Managers Association at www.fvrma.org.

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Daily Q&A: How can I check if a vacation rental company is legit? 06/03/10 [Last modified: Thursday, June 3, 2010 2:43pm]

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