Question on NYC short term apartment rentals

Reader question:

I am planning to come to New York next month. I started looking for hotels and found them quite expensive even on Hotels.com, hotwire and priceline. I looked at Craigslist and saw vacation rentals of apartments quoting daily rates. The rates are all over the place some as low as $60 per night. How do you know if these are legit? I got in contact with one who said you send half your rent plus a security deposit via money gram and he sends you a receipt. On the face of it that sounds a lot like the Nigerian email scams. Anyone have any experience with these?

My answer:

Sounds like a scam. I’m told that you never send a Moneygram in advance for anything (unless you know the other person or just want to give them money).

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  1. karen says:

    I too checked Craigslist last year for apt. rentals. Luckily, I have a good friend who has lived in NYC for a very long time and was able to tell me that, for example, one stated address was not possible given the commercial nature of the particular block. I’d recommend VRBO instead of CL,at least in NYC.If it sounds too good to be true, it most likely is!

  2. I think Craigslist might be OK to use to at least some degree if you are local, but when you are far away and don’t really know the area you are taking a bigger risk. Perhaps try HomeAway.com. They represent the largest selection of homes (houses, condos, apartments, etc.) to rent in the world. They actually own VRBO which was recommended in the previous comment.

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