We get asked about the new economy of short term rentals, and whether or not services like VRBO are safe and legitimate ways to book travel or to rent out unused vacation homes. We thought we would answer some of the most common questions below that we hear from our readers to help you make the best decision when it comes to using a service like VRBO.

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Is it safe to rent a house with VRBO?

VRBO has the famous Book with Confidence Guarantee, so look for a little blue shield on any listing to know that VRBO is guaranteeing your stay at those locations. This means that you know you can book with confidence on these rentals. For example, if you arrive and the listing was misleading, VRBO will immediately get to work finding you another listing nearby. Or if there is an issue with your security deposit, VRBO will work with you to rapidly resolve the issue.

Is it safe to rent out my house with VRBO?

VRBO covers one million dollars in liability insurance for your home when you rent it through their website. This includes injury claims, damages caused by your tenants on third parties (like your neighbors), and of course any damage to your property, at no additional cost to you. From their website:

$1M Liability Insurance provides owners and property managers with liability protection for all stays processed online through the HomeAway checkout; giving you $1,000,000 in primary liability coverage — at no additional cost to you.

Is it easy to rent out a house on VRBO?

The best part about VRBO is how easy it is to get set up on their platform. Answer a few short questions, and immediately gain access to millions of monthly visitors to the VRBO website from over 190 countries. There’s no easier way to list a property and find renters. You can set the price, choose your renters, and more, all through their easy-to-use service.

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Is it easy to book a house on VRBO?

In our experience, it takes about five minutes to book a house on VRBO, and knowing that everything is covered, there’s no stress at all in the process. All you have to do is filter listings by price, bedrooms, location and other similar parameters to find the perfect vacation rental for you and your fellow travelers.

We were of course skeptical when services like VRBO first started appearing, how could it be fair or safe to rent someone else’s house, or to rent out our own properties to other travelers. But the proof is obvious now, with their ever-growing rental business, it has never been easier or felt safer to use their services.

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How about you? What have your experiences been like using VRBO? Let us know in the comments below! Also feel free to ask us any questions and we’ll get back to you shortly!