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.