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I am in the process of reserving an apartment in Nice, France on HomeAway. Today, I called the owner in France, reviewed all the details, and she will be sending me a contract. This is the first time we are both using Home Away and I would appreciate advice on how to pay the reservation and security deposits to an owner who lives in France.
I'm jealous, I love Nice!!
Unfortunately, the owner will probably dictate how she wants to be paid. Whenever I've rented in France, the payment is usually done with a bank transfer or paypal. I've never paid with a credit card directly to the owners. The only time I've paid with a check was when the owner actually lived in the US. What does the owner say?
Thanks so much for your help, Sophie. I'll have to send you photos from the lavender fields of Provence!
I called the owner in Nice yesterday, and this seems to be her first transaction on HomeAway, so she is not certain how she would like the funds transferred. I am thinking of paying the initial deposit to reserve the apartment by credit card or a cash transfer through PayPal. Is there any difference between sending money from one's own bank or sending cash through PayPal? From what I have been reading on the HomeAway website, they suggest not to send cash, however almost all the situations they discuss involve domestic locations, not overseas rentals.
The owner is also requesting a $200.00 security deposit, and I'm not sure how to send that.
If you pay through paypal, make sure you pay with your credit card through them, NOT money in your account or a check. You then have some recourse with your credit card company if things should go south and you need to have recourse. I think the general rule these days is to NOT wire money overseas. Do you feel comfortable with the owner? Do they have positive reviews? You actually talked to them?
Oh, I just read your post again and this is her first rental???? I honestly don't know if I would be brave enough to be someone's first renter and especially someone overseas. You really need to feel comfortable with this one before signing anything.
Did you just delete a post?
No, I edited my second posting in order to add more information.
I joined the community this morning. You have to be a member for 24 hours before being permitted to send private messages--they won't be sent.