"Renting" DVC Questions

Discussion in 'DVC Member Services' started by HLAuburn, Jan 10, 2009.

  1. HLAuburn

    HLAuburn DIS Veteran

    Apr 26, 2005
    We've just started looking into the DVC "renting" deal, and I have looked over all the FAQs etc, but I still have a few questions.

    I know it can vary from owner to owner, but in general, how much can I expect to pay as a deposit and when will the balance be due? Also, what is a fair cancellation policy, if any?

    If we book a a WL villa, where do we check in? At the WL front desk? Are there any DCV "perks" you get to take advantage of as a DVC "renter"?

    Thanks in advance for the help! :goodvibes
  2. CarolAnnC

    CarolAnnC <font color=blue>Caught Smuggling Jello Shot Syrin

    Oct 9, 2000
    I will take a stab at some of your questions.

    Each owner sets their own payment policy. I have heard some require payment in full - especially if the dates of travel are not too far away. Some take a percentage with the balance due so many days later. It really will vary greatly.

    Since you are dealing directly with the owners, there really is no cancellation policy. I think most people renting do consider it to be a final transaction.

    Check in at WLV will be at the regular WL check in.

    DVC Member perks are only for the DVC Members themselves.
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  4. kimberh

    kimberh DIS Veteran

    Aug 28, 2004
    I take half down, balance at 90 days prior to checkin.
    There is not a cancellation policy. Points run by Use Year, so they are not easy to cancel and then rebook at short notice.
    If you are wanting VWL, it is a very small resort so I would recommend finding a VWL Owner to book for you.
    If you are wanting to travel soon, it will be just about impossible. The further out you plan the more success you will have.
  5. Brian Noble

    Brian Noble His Curmudgeonly Highness

    Mar 23, 2004
    I take payment in full upon securing a booking for my timeshares. There are no refunds for any reason. I encourage my renters to take trip insurance.
  6. Deb & Bill

    Deb & Bill DVC-Trivia Contest, Apr-2006: Honorable Mention

    Mar 20, 2000
    Make sure you put your request out with plenty of time to plan. Most members make their reservations 11 months out. And some times are impossible to get if you don't make that reservation 11 months out.
  7. kaffinito

    kaffinito <font color=teal>Grant me the Serenity to Accept t

    Apr 7, 2008
    It is a good idea to post for exactly what you want at the 11 month booking window, and to check the Rent/Trade boards to see who has points that you could rent. With such a small resort you will have to be prepared to jump on points when they become available. I have only dealt with one owner, and she and I were both new to "renting" so my experience is limited to the two transactions we had.

    Her terms were that I paid a deposit of one half the total up front, then the balance once the reservation was made. She gave me 60 days to cancel or modify the reservation, with the clause in our contract that once I changed I might not be able to get a new reservation. In other words, if I canceled then I was running the risk of not getting a new reservation and would lose the money I put down on the rental.

    There was also a clause in the contract that I would be solely responsible for any room charges incurred during my visit.

    The only "perks" I received as a renter was a severely discounted room and the pleasure of staying at AKV, which was lovely. :)
  8. chalee94

    chalee94 <font color=green>I thought all sand was ground up

    Aug 14, 2006
    DVC perks are only for members, but you do get onsite perks like free parking (including at the parks) and access to EMH and DME.
  9. jekjones1558

    jekjones1558 Always happy at Disney

    Oct 1, 2000
    You MAY get free internet.
  10. crisi

    crisi DIS Veteran

    Feb 25, 2002
    You MAY get a lot of things - your room card will very likely say "DVC member," you'll probably get the 'portable perks' flyer when you check in and it MAY end up in you getting restaurant discounts. We've always been asked for our "Blue Member Card" when getting discounts or pool hopping. We don't valet park (another DVC member perk) but my understanding is that members often have to argue that one off their bill with the front desk anyway - I wouldn't count on it not showing up on your bill. But all the perks are subject to change and are applied - even for members - with some amount of haphazardness.

    You are ENTITLED to no DVC member perks - but all the perks of an onsite guest like EMH.

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