Watching the fast growing privately owned vacation apartments market in Israel, characterized by thousands of furnished apartments advertised on the Internet, made it very clear; vacation apartments rentals from a private Owner is a real Gamble. No one knows what the exact odds are, but it's better to steer clear of them and acknowledge that it is very volatile.
You may have heard friends or relatives who have rented an apartment from a private Owner and were satisfied, but the numbers of stories about those who were disappointed and frustrated from this experience are significantly higher.
Even disregarding the extensive vacation apartment’s scams, which are already widespread, the chances that something would go wrong are very high while the “penalty” or the “price” for you as a tourist or a guest, during your family vacation, is almost unbearable.
As privately owned apartments do not have maintenance or service on premises, everyday problems that occur during your stay (i.e. AC not working, toilet clog & hot water issues..) take long time to resolve.
Taking all these in consideration, you pay your money, you take your chances. Consider renting vacation apartments from a company instead. We would love to hear your comments/experiences.
There are many signs to watch out for when researching and choosing a vacation rental apartment.
Many travel websites advertise at VERY low rates. Whether it's a hotel or a 1 room rental, you should call to double check and make sure the listing is official. There are many online scams these days and you shouldn't put your family vacation at risk by renting an apartment from an unreliable source.
As opposed to private companies, some privately owned apartments or room rentals might not offer reliable services. Always double check the exact services offered so you can know what to expect in advance.
You as a renter should consider the differences between
private companies and privately owned apartments:
- offer services such as gym & pool access
- full staff of service representatives
- 24 hour doorman
- cleaning staff
- are the owners available to ask questions 24/7 via e-mail or telephone
Privately owned apartments:
- will there be a team of service representatives available in case there is an apartment issue?
- are you guaranteed the same apartment as you inquired about?
- are services such as a pool or gym provided?
As a renter, you should feel comfortable when making a decision to rent a vacation apartment. Schedule a friend or family member to visit the apartment for you in advance. Ask questions, e-mail the owners, or call.