If you’re planning on renting someone’s private residence for a summer getaway, there are certain precautions you should take to help ensure a safe and pleasant experience for everyone. For starters, make sure your arrangements are through a reputable third-party agency that protects your personal information. Also, be sure to enter into a proper contract. You may be able to include a cancelation clause, and you will likely have safeguards against consumer dissatisfaction. For example, if the property you book is not as described, or is lacking in function, amenities or nearby facilities, you may have recourse for compensation.

On the other hand, if you are a homeowner who wants to create income by offering your house to guests, a legitimate agency acting on your behalf will help protect the integrity of your property and its contents. An agency can also help you understand critical bylaws and insurance responsibilities, and may also employ screening protocols to provide a layer of security to help prevent unwanted outcomes.