An individual can rent Key West condos by working with a local real estate broker, contacting property owners directly through a vacation-rental or homesharing website, or consulting a resort with rental condos. The searching party should consult property reviews and reviews of vacation-rental companies before booking, USA Today recommends.
Vacation-rental resorts do their own booking, and they often offer hotel-like amenities such as linens and housekeeping services. Traditional real estate brokers list and manage vacation properties on behalf of the properties' owners. They also handle bookings and check-ins. In addition, a number of Internet-based vacation-rental portal sites allow private owners to list and book properties themselves, according to Bankrate. In some cases, the guest reserves and pays for the reservation from the portal site. Alternatively, the guest makes an inquiry to the owner through the portal site, and then works directly with the owner to pay for the rental and sign the rental agreement.
Brokerage and portal sites often have property reviews guests can read to learn more about condos they're interested in booking, USA Today notes. Guests should also inquire about cancellation policies, especially if traveling to Key West during hurricane season. If renting directly from an owner, find out in advance what the procedure is for resolving cleaning and maintenance complaints.