AAHOA closely monitors and endorses initiatives across the country that will protect America’s hotel owners. Last week, AAHOA spoke out in support of Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody’s crackdown on vacation rental scams. Moody launched the Summer Scams Series this month, focusing on consumer protection and outlining common scams seen during the summer months.
AAHOA President & CEO Laura Lee Blake shared how Moody's scam warnings have ramifications for the entire hotel industry.
“Florida’s kickoff of the Summer Scam Series with a focus on fake vacation rental ads is a much-needed first step regarding short-term rental regulation,” Blake said. “We must be aggressive when it comes to fake postings offering vacation rental properties and hold the scammers accountable. AAHOA commends Attorney General Moody’s crackdown and remains committed to protecting all of our valued tourists and visitors.”
Check out some of the top tips from Moody’s Office on how to avoid vacation rental scams:
Listings requiring consumers to leave the online platform or website to pay is a red flag.
Check to see if photos of the rental property are affiliated with other listings by using a reverse image search.
If something seems suspicious, ask for additional photos of the listing.
Use a reputable rental website that offers protection in the event of fraud or offers payment transfer options.