I am about to rent a condo for March in Naples. I found the condo on craigs list. The Rentor wants 50% 60

Asked by Christopher Charles, Beverly, MA Mon Jan 5, 2009

days before and 50% 14 days before March 1. Is this standard? Since I'm afraid of being scammed what would be more reasonable and protective terms?

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Mott Marvin…, Agent, Sunny Isles Beach, FL
Tue Jan 6, 2009
When it comes to "vacation rentals" it is common to place large advance deposits. Often part of the deposit is non-refundable in the event of cancellation.

Get as much information from the people that you are dealing with and be sure that they are reputable. Ask for references and do a little research.

If you are dealing with an owner directly, you can search the Collier County Tax Records to verify ownership.
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Charlene Van…, Agent, Naples, FL
Tue Jan 6, 2009
You are fortunate to find a one month only condo for the premium month of March. The deposit is the landlord's insurance that you will show up. Go with it and enjoy
Web Reference:  http://charlene4naples.com
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Kathleen Sei…, Agent, Gainesville, FL
Tue Jan 6, 2009
I don't think it's a good idea to pay 100% of the money weeks before arrival, unless every rental you look at has that same policy and you have no choice. I haven't rented anything down in Naples, but other places I've gone to required a deposit and then a credit card etc. on arrival.

If it is a really great rental and worth some time & effort -
See if you can find feedback for the person/group handling the rental somewhere. Ask them for references that you can call and talk to. If they are a company call the local chamber or BBB to see if there are complaints or if they are actually part of the community.
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Bill Eckler, Agent, Venice, FL
Mon Jan 5, 2009

Our recommendation is to be very careful with these dealings. You are certainly within your rights to request the rentor to provide proof of their identity and ability to collect these funds.

Craigs List patrons have been exploited in situations like these....proceed with caution.

Good luck
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Carol Wilsey, Agent, Naples, FL
Mon Jan 5, 2009
Dear Christopher,
I own a small brokerage firm in Naples that does a fair number of rentals. I would have you speak with my rental specialist, Cathy Graves, who is, I believe, one of the best rental agents in Naples. You can call her direct at 239-404-0650 or log onto our rental website : http://exceptionalrentals.us. There is a lot of information on the website about what to expect, etc.
If you rent through a realtor, you are getting protection of your deposit, because it has to be held in an escrow account. If you rent through an individual you don't know, you are taking more risk.
Good luck.
Carol Wilsey,
Broker-Owner, Exceptional Properties of SW Florida
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Nancy Doyle, Agent, Cape Coral, FL
Mon Jan 5, 2009
Hi Christopher,
I'm not saying that this is a scam, but would not say this is norm, nor reccomend paying all upfront. I personally would not pay upfront and if I can help you with giving you a name and number of a rental management company I would be happy to. If it is a nationaly known company like orbitz, then they may have insurance coverage for your trip. Then, I would think it is OK ,but please be careful with craigslist and trust. It is an awsome site but open for deception. Like I said if I can help I would be happy to.
Best wishes,

Nancy Doyle
Web Reference:  http://www.nancydrealtor.net
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Lori Rossi, Agent, Warwick, RI
Mon Jan 5, 2009
I would be very careful if I were you-especially with craigslist. You should probably contact a rental agent in that area to see what the standard deposit is and maybe have them look into this further to make sure it on the up and up. Good luck!
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Agnes Tabor, Agent, Naples, FL
Tue Aug 31, 2010
I would say this is much the norm as Charlene stated, "they want to be sure that you are going to show up". Did you receive proper applications with full disclousure information on the rentor, do you know the rentor, has the rentor disclosed all fees, taxes etc involved?
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