Owner-direct vacation villas, self-catering vacation apartment rentals,
farm house holiday homes, Bed & Breakfast rooms in Chianti, Italy

"Owner direct" vacation accommodation reservations in Chianti, Italy

With the advent of the internet, more and more tourists are booking their accommodation directly with the owner of the property at which they plan to stay. This is known as "owner-direct" reservation of a vacation rental. This can often mean a lower price that when reserving through an agency. It's normal practice to be asked to wire a deposit, usually about 30% of the total, to confirm your reservation, and to pay the remainder, often in cash, upon arrival. In winter, heating costs can be extra but are usually offset by the lower rates offered during low season. If you prefer to book through a vacation rental agency, it's best to choose an agency located in the area where you plan to stay. This provides a better chance that they will have inspected all of the properties they list and will have direct contact with the owners or managers of the accommodations. International agencies often provide no additional services or security beyond what owner-direct vacation rental reservations provide, and obviously they cannot have inspected the hundreds of properties they list. (NEVER send a deposit via Western Union. Such transfers are untraceable and irreversible. Western Union is never used by legitimate owners of vacation rentals and is an almost sure indicator of an internet scam. Legitimate owners request bank transfers, which leave a complete paper trail, to their local bank, usually to an account in their own name.)

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