Owner Withholds Accommodation Deposits!

Owner Withholds Accommodation Deposits!

A recent news item from the "Sunday Post Newspaper" highlighted yet again more scams taking place in the rented holiday home sector. This time it was an occasion where the holiday home owner would not return the damage deposit paid by the booking guests.

Dr.Black and his three children were on holiday on the lovely island of Sicily, staying in the picturesque and very popular Palazzo Polara, a superb location for a great holiday.

The property where Dr Black and his family were staying was attended daily by the housekeeper to water the plants, which he thought was an invasion of his privacy. Rightly so. It wasn't long before Dr Black started to get annoying emails from the owner of the property, saying things were being moved around, they were untidy. So much so, the family was threatened with extra fee's, and the owner was not happy. 

The housekeeper continued to attend the property each day, and the emails continued to arrive, stating that a rug had been moved out of place. Dr Black said it would be challenging for the rugs not to move as they were loose and on a shiny stone floor.

At the end of the holiday, Dr Black did not get his deposit of £250 back from the owner but instead got an email saying that the "apartment was left in an appalling state as they had never seen before. 

The "Sunday Post Newspapers Raw Deal" team investigated the story with the owners advertising website company "HomeAway. They said that since 2016 they had not had any complaints about this property, but instead had only good reviews! Dr Black never got his deposit returned to him in the end!

It's worthwhile taking the time to check various review sites before you hit the book now button....... 

Originally posted Dec 2017.

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