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connorlevismom 10-15-2012 12:53 PM

at what point is it false advertising? UPDATE: Owner threatening to sue me.
 
We are staying in a home in Windsor hills and it was a home we picked based on space and ammenities. When we arrived we noticed three things. In the pictures there was a grill and when we got here there was no grill. It advertised a PS3 and there was not one to be found. It said there was an XBOX 360 and there was-but no games. I contacted the owner about it and she said that the grill was gross so they removed it. The xbox had games but someone stole them and they decided not to replace them. She did not mention the PS3 but I assume the same thing happened to it and they did not buy a new one.

I kind of feel like this is false advertising sine we wanted this place especially because of the two gaming systems. What do you think and would you ask for money back?

OrangeCountyCommuter 10-15-2012 01:48 PM

Yes, I would ask a refund. If they don't want to pay to replace the things they advertise they need to quit advertising!

loveysbydesign 10-15-2012 01:51 PM

We have rented at Windsor Hills and Indian Creek many times and if that happened to us I would complain and ask for a partial refund.

connorlevismom 10-15-2012 02:37 PM

It really has been a hummed. We wanted the two gaming systems because our 8 year old son and my nephew who is 16 would want to play it. We also bought meat to grill but there is no grill!

How much of a refund would you ask for? The week is costing us $1600.

connorlevismom 10-15-2012 02:40 PM

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Originally Posted by connorlevismom (Post 46452632)
It really has been a hummed. We wanted the two gaming systems because our 8 year old son and my nephew who is 16 would want to play it. We also bought meat to grill but there is no grill!

How much of a refund would you ask for? The week is costing us $1600.

I meant it has been a bummer. Dang auto-correct!

robinb 10-15-2012 03:30 PM

Yes, I would ask for some money back. They advertised the unit with certain amenities which are not there or not usable.

softballmom3 10-16-2012 04:42 PM

I, too, would ask for some type of partial refund. I would explain how you were mislead and com right out and ask. I believe if they were going to offer it voluntarily they would have done so when you questioned the advertised items being gone.....

spiceycat 10-16-2012 10:16 PM

agree - they need to change what they are advertising - and give you some money back.

sorry this happened to you

robinb 10-16-2012 10:54 PM

OP, did you ask? I would ask for a minimum of 10%.

JANNYANS 10-17-2012 06:14 AM

Did you mention to the owner that you had specifically booked their home because of these items? If so and they knew they were not there before your arrival then yes ask for a partial refund.

It can be difficult for an owner to sometimes keep up with things that go missing in their homes -their cleaners may not be the same ones every time and may not know what should or shouldn't be there so they won't report items missing which means the owner can't replace them .

TinaElmerRh 10-17-2012 06:48 AM

Can't help with the gaming systems missing, but we rented a place for December and we paid $60.00 to rent a grill for the week. I know it will be an extra expense for you, but maybe someone there will know where you can rent one for the week. The owner of the villa made the arrangements for us. If the owner advertised a grill there should of been one there, she could of made arrangements to rent one until she purchased a new one.

connorlevismom 10-17-2012 01:56 PM

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Originally Posted by robinb (Post 46467882)
OP, did you ask? I would ask for a minimum of 10%.

I have not asked yet, I will be doing so tomorrow.

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Originally Posted by JANNYANS (Post 46468749)
Did you mention to the owner that you had specifically booked their home because of these items? If so and they knew they were not there before your arrival then yes ask for a partial refund.

It can be difficult for an owner to sometimes keep up with things that go missing in their homes -their cleaners may not be the same ones every time and may not know what should or shouldn't be there so they won't report items missing which means the owner can't replace them .

The owners were here just last week. I know this because the because she told me in one of her emails. We did find the PS3, but it also had no games and when I asked her about those, she told me those were stolen too and they were not going to replace them. She told me I could rent games from the clubhouse. We called the clubhouse to inqure about this and they said they did not have games for rent. Plus, I should not have to pay to rent games!

connorlevismom 10-24-2012 09:12 AM

Just wanted to give a quick update. I emailed the owner asking for a 15% refund. I have yet to hear back from her, so I am assuming that she is not going to give me one. What now, besides writing reviews everywhere I can, can I do about this? Should I just drop it?

I found her initial quote to me that actually listed the BBQ use as part of our charge to use to house, so in the least, they should refund us something because of that. You cannot tell someone that your fee is this and includes use of a BBQ for the week and then tell them that they got rid of it because it was dirty and your not going to replace it. I wish I would have found the original quote while I was there because I would have told her that she needed to rent one for the week for our use because you charged us for that.

robinb 10-24-2012 09:46 AM

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Originally Posted by connorlevismom (Post 46533607)
Just wanted to give a quick update. I emailed the owner asking for a 15% refund. I have yet to hear back from her, so I am assuming that she is not going to give me one. What now, besides writing reviews everywhere I can, can I do about this? Should I just drop it?

I found her initial quote to me that actually listed the BBQ use as part of our charge to use to house, so in the least, they should refund us something because of that. You cannot tell someone that your fee is this and includes use of a BBQ for the week and then tell them that they got rid of it because it was dirty and your not going to replace it. I wish I would have found the original quote while I was there because I would have told her that she needed to rent one for the week for our use because you charged us for that.

Did you mention in your email that the BBQ was included in the contact? I would send them one more email with a copy of your contract and give the owner a specific time frame to get back to you. Maybe a week? I would also tell them if they don't get back to you, you'll have to give them a negative review. There is no reason not to tell them what the consequences are if they continue to ignore you.

jensen 10-24-2012 10:49 AM

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Originally Posted by connorlevismom (Post 46473048)
The owners were here just last week. I know this because the because she told me in one of her emails. We did find the PS3, but it also had no games and when I asked her about those, she told me those were stolen too and they were not going to replace them. She told me I could rent games from the clubhouse. We called the clubhouse to inqure about this and they said they did not have games for rent. Plus, I should not have to pay to rent games!

Did the listing say that games were included? I wouldn't have expected them to provide games. I'm sure there is a redbox or other cheap game rental place nearby that you can pick some up if you didn't bring any from home.

I agree it's unfortunate that they didn't replace the grill. But, I think a $240 refund is high. Maybe $50-$100. Isn't there a stove in the kitchen that you can cook your meat on?


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