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Post by Clueless on Sun Mar 05, 2017 6:14 pm

A friend from Canada wants to rent a house Lakeside from November for 5 months.

She found a place she likes and talked to the landlord using his English speaking gardener to translate.

They agreed on terms. First, he wanted the first month in advance ($500 Canadian) and then he said he wanted two months in advance.

He says he is a lawyer based in Guadalajara.

I suggested to her to make sure the deal is in writing, in Spanish, and includes all the agreed terms.

The one point that wasn't addressed is what would happen if she arrived and the house had been rented to another person either for past her arrival date or rented to someone else who doesn't want to move.

According to what I recall being told by a highly rated Lakeside/Guadalajara attorney a few years ago, she might just be S.O.L.

Off the top of my head, I would say she should only give the first month in advance although she already agreed to two months.

Any thoughts on how to best handle this (unlikely?) situation?

Thanks.
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Post by CanuckBob on Sun Mar 05, 2017 6:23 pm

There are far too many other rentals with less tricky agreements to dick around with this one. I would tell her to move on to the next.

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Post by CanuckBob on Sun Mar 05, 2017 6:25 pm

Also if she books something through VRBO or such, it is guaranteed or money refunded......

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Post by SunshineyDay on Sun Mar 05, 2017 6:39 pm

Have a neutral party like Spencer write up the contract. Money held by 3rd party until arrival. Never heard of 2 months rent in advance and no security deposit. CB not all rentals on vrbo are guaranteed. :)

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Post by slainte39 on Sun Mar 05, 2017 8:38 pm

Some rental agencies and renters, ask for first, last, (month), and security deposit.
It's negotiable.

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Post by Intercasa on Sun Mar 05, 2017 9:25 pm

Check out the lawyer, is he a deadbeat? Is he really an attorney? Does he have a real office? Does he have a power of attorney to represent the homeowner?
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Post by WillieRae on Mon Mar 06, 2017 7:27 am

Go see Spencer....

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Post by CanuckBob on Mon Mar 06, 2017 8:31 am

SunshineyDay wrote:CB not all rentals on vrbo are guaranteed. :)

Here is what VRBO says:

https://www.vrbo.com/info/ha-guarantee/travel-with-confidence


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Post by SunshineyDay on Mon Mar 06, 2017 12:07 pm

From what I have seen that is true only if you use their online booking service. They allow owners\managers to accept bookings direct with travelers but allow them to advertise on vrbo.

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Post by CanuckBob on Mon Mar 06, 2017 7:43 pm

Yes, they certainly couldn't be expected to guarantee any "direct deals".

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Post by Canada_Mike on Mon Mar 06, 2017 7:50 pm

I rent my house out, and have also rented an apartment for myself. I would never do it without an agency involved.
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