I'm travelling to Manhattan with a girlfriend and we want to rent an apartment for our 10 day stay. We've looked at Air BnB options, but those on Craig's list are generally cheaper. I know there are a lot of scams on those rentals - how can I tell if its the real deal? Any other suggestions for finding good accommodation in NYC?
Hi Jo, look for poor English in the ads, and see if the same email is coming up against several properties. Do a search of the address and see if it really exists! Even though you're not in the same city, ask if you can arrange a time to come and inspect - if it's a scam they'll find an excuse to not do it. Try changing the dates on the booking, if they're scamming you they won't care about the date because it's not really for rent anyway! They'll usually ask for a very large deposit (50%). Never 'wire' money or pay by paypal. Use a credit card if there's a deposit, at least you'll be able to make a claim to get the money back.
As another blogger on the subject said; "no way a NYC midtown 2-bedroom apartment is available for $200/day" in other words if it sounds too good to be true, it is.
Others warn against using Craigslist at all, see here: http://www.joseandterrirentals.com/
They have a great link to a site where you can check the ip address of the rental poster!
Try these other reputable sites to compare rentals:
Phil from the safety hub about 6 years ago
Wow - fantastic advice and really fast, thanks Safety Phil! about 6 years agoAnswered by Jo via WorldNomads.com