BestCompany.com is trying to work directly with this company to verify the accuracy of the information on this page. Thank you for your patience as we make sure we’re getting it right.
Are you a representative
of this company?Claim this Profile
Owner Direct Vacation Rentals was originally founded in 1994 as a service that rented out Big White ski condos in British Columbia. Now, the Owner Direct provides listings on over 13,000 vacation rentals, including rental homes in resorts throughout the world. While Owner Direct's global reach, transparency, and online features are impressive, the service lists much fewer properties than top vacation rentals companies. Additionally, customers will need to pay a service fee with Owner Direct.
Owner Direct Vacation Rentals is one of the few companies in the industry with a true global reach. While many companies focus all their efforts on domestic listing in the United States, Owner Direct offers renters the ability to rent vacation homes on nearly every continent. Although some countries only feature a single listing, this multinational presence is a big plus for renters traveling abroad.
Owner Direct prominently displays a handful of its "last-minute deals" wherein renters can receive up to 50 percent savings on the nightly rate for select properties. Last minute deals must be used within 30 days of application.
Owner Direct provides an estimated nightly rate as well as a list of additional fees for each property upfront, before you inquire. This is not a practice employed by all vacation rentals companies, and it provides renters with the advantage of knowing exactly what they're paying ahead of time.
Each list profile contains an abundance of information: interior/exterior photos, amenities capacity information, approved payment methods, an availability calendar, and customer reviews. Renters will also see a list of close-by restaurants, shopping malls, and other neighborhood perks that are within walking or driving distance of the property.
While many leading companies in the industry do not charge a service fee for those who want to list a rental property, Owner Direct Vacation Rentals collects 10 percent of the total rental cost directly from the guest, paying 90 percent to the owner. Owner Direct also applies annual fees for owners who receive a minimum of two bookings per year. This annual fee is per owner (not per property), and totals $100 plus 5 percent tax.
Despite Owner Direct's impressive global presence, the company lists relatively few properties on its site. Many leading companies list hundreds of thousands (and in some cases, millions) of properties. This is an area we feel Owners Direct could really improve.
Many providers in the vacation rentals industry offer some form of rental guarantee, which acts as insurance for owners in the event of loss or damage to their property; however, Owners Direct does not appear to offer this kind of protection. Any fees owners pay to Owner Direct goes directly toward maintaining and promoting their listing on the website.
As part of our service, we attempt to partner with all the companies that we review, and may get compensated when you click or call them from our site; however, regardless of any current, past, or future financial arrangements, companies listed on Best Company cannot buy their position, nor do we manipulate or inflate a company's ranking for financial gain. A company’s ranking is based on and calculated by an objective set of ranking criteria, as well as user reviews. See our How We Rank page for more information regarding our ranking algorithm.
All user reviews posted on Best Company are subject to screening and approval. We reserve the right to approve or deny any review posted to this site in accordance with our Review Guidelines. Best Company never suppresses user reviews—unless they are being investigated for authenticity, or if they violate our review guidelines. We encourage anyone who suspects a user review to be fraudulent or intentionally inaccurate to please notify our review moderation team.