I have been a subscriber with VRBO for about 3 years now. On Sept 11, 2016 a renter paid for a stay on Sept 12-19. I approved their request and on the next day, my rental manager met with them. This property for rent is located in Manila, Philippines. Since Sept. 12th is a National Holiday in the Philippines, I booked the renters (through Priceline.com) at a nearby hotel to get them through the night. Then they checked in on Sept. 13th. We obtained copies of their IDs and registered them with the condominium management. The rent funds were released to me by VRBO on Sept 15th. They checked out on Sept 19. Throughout their stay, they never once communicated with me on email.
On Sept 22, I got an email indicating that there is a "chargeback" of $531.92 on my bank account. Plus they charged two separate fees of $25 for no reason. Without my approval, they reversed the renter's payment. And it's not even 7 days after the renter checked out. They said, the renter's bank wanted the charge back as the renters told them they never stayed in my place.
I submitted all the evidences of their stay to VRBO (the hotel stay on Sept 12th with their name on it), the copy of the rental agreement that came with the receipt of payment, and copies of their passports. Meanwhile, I ordered my bank to ban VRBO from debiting any amount from us again.
The past few days, VRBO has been harassing me with emails telling me that I owe them the $531.92. AFTER they allowed this very same $531.92 to be debited from my bank account!!! They keep telling me I owe them $532.92 when if fact on Sept 22, they already debited that amount from my account. And now they're threatening to deactivate my account.
I've made numerous phone calls and each time I am talking to a senseless representative. And every single time I was instructed that the best way to get this resolved is through email.
I don't know where else to go but to go through every website that I can file a complaint against them! First off, I suspect these renters are cons. They booked last minute so I had no chance of getting e-copies of their IDs. And they never responded to any of my communication with them. Then they trash my place. Then shortly after they left, they tell their bank that the payment for their stay is not authorized. I requested for a copy of their passports from my rental manager and found out that they're from Morocco. And then I looked at their phone number and the country code is Australia.
The first time I called VRBO, I alerted them about this. The first representative told me they already "flagged" these people. And now, after all the distress this situation has caused me, and after I have submitted the documents of proof about their stay, VRBO is doing the best they can to rip me off of whatever they STILL owe me! I am STILL OUT of $531.92 plus $50 of their so-called fees. And now they want to charge me AGAIN??!!! This company is BAD!!! So bad for homeowners like me!!! I've been with Airbnb and TripAdvisor for so long and I have NEVER ONCE experienced anything like this!!!
p.s. Homeowners beware of this renter IBERHAIM LACHQAR!!!