Managing Your Vacation Rental

Protect your vacation rental from fraud

Written by Elizabeth Weedon
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Avoid being the victim of a scam or enabling your listing to be copied or “scraped” in order to take advantage of unsuspecting vacationers.  Take a look at our two prior Blog posts:

Bottom line: be vigilant, and trust your instincts when communicating with prospective guests in your home.  But also:

  • do a little research on your prospective guests
  • speak with them directly prior to booking
  • make sure you use a good lease
  • be careful with your log in information
  • change your email provider login info regularly
  • avoid phishing scams
  • be vigilant to make sure your listing has not been scraped

Recently Tyler Pyburn and I sat down and discussed the importance of protecting your vacation rental home from scammers and ways to avoid doing so. Listen to the podcast:

About the author

Elizabeth Weedon

Elizabeth Weedon - Although I’ve worked for since 2008, I’ve been a loyal homeowner on the site since early 1998, just a few months after the website was launched by the Talmadges. I grew up summering on the Vineyard and managed my family's rental home there since the mid-1980’s. I’m passionately devoted to the Vineyard – and to WeNeedaVacation, which I credit with enabling me to hold onto the special property that has been in our family for nearly a century. An enthusiastic member of the WNAV Homeowner Support Team, I endeavor to keep my finger on the pulse of the Cape and Islands vacation rental industry so that I can provide homeowners advice about how to ensure their booking success with us. With owner Joan Talmadge, I am also responsible for editing and writing much of the text on our website, our monthly newsletters, and Homeowner Blog posts.