A legal option that can get VRBO to listen — and get you compensated.
People all over the US use VRBO to rent vacation homes. But all too often, VRBO messes up or makes a mistake and attempts to dodge responsibility. If you try to contact them, you can find that it’s all but impossible to make the VRBO corporate office listen to your complaint, no matter its legitimacy.
What is there to do? Turns out, there are a few options available that don’t involve filing a lawsuit.
VRBO may say that they prioritize customer interactions and good customer service, but all too often, they leave customer complaints alone or don’t try to fix issues that are brought up politely and legitimately. In many cases, it can be difficult or even impossible for you to get a real resolution if you have a complaint against VRBO, their reservation policies, refund policies, or anything else.
This is because any contract you sign or agree to when using VRBO’s services makes it impossible for you to take them to court with a traditional lawsuit. This binding agreement would, on the surface, make it seem like there’s no real recourse for bad behavior on VRBO’s part.
But you do have another option: independent arbitration. With this process, you’ll hire an arbitrator that is neutral to both parties and can look at the situation fairly and impartially. Furthermore, they’ll come up with a legally binding decision that VRBO will be forced to stick with. This is totally legal as well since most corporate contracts do allow you to take the company in question to arbitration even if you can’t take them to court.
Your case will likely be handled by the American Arbitration Association, which means that it will comply with the Statement of Principles of Consumer Due Process Protocol. This means that:
Companies like VRBO are used to having the upper hand, which is part of the reason why they only rarely respond to customer complaints, if at all. But once they receive word that you’re committed to pursuing arbitration against them, they may suddenly sit up and take you seriously.
That’s because arbitration costs money for big companies, regardless of whether they win or lose. They still have to put materials together, spend time and money preparing for the arbitration hearing, and talk to dozens of people within different departments to get their story straight. If they lose, they’ll have to pay even more. Ultimately, VRBO is much more likely to listen to your demands when they consider all these costs.
Yet if VRBO still decides to play hardball, know that you won’t have to spend any money throughout the arbitration process unless you win. FairShake will help you step-by-step and won’t charge you a dime until victory.
Just know that arbitration should only be used as a serious last resort. Grievances that could be deemed frivolous by the independent arbitrator may end up costing you money in the long run since you might be deemed responsible for the charges VRBO incurs throughout the proceedings. Make sure to only use this for serious complaints.
Big companies like VRBO don’t have an advantage when arbitration is on the table. As a result, their corporate offices are much more likely to reach out for negotiation or offer a quick settlement to sweep the entire thing under the rug.
To start arbitration proceedings, you have to actually formally raise the issue and your intentions for arbitration with VRBO before filing. FairShake can assist with this point and any others.
In fact, we’ll send VRBO a specific 30-day countdown that demands a resolution for your complaint, or else the arbitration proceedings will begin in earnest. Your contract with VRBO likely has a window during which you must give the company time to handle your issue that’s similar to this time frame, which is why it’s so specific.
The good news is that about half of all cases result in company corporate offices offering settlements to their disgruntled customers before the arbitration deadline comes around. This may result in you getting a real resolution without having to lift a finger. If they don’t send you a response letter or start negotiating, you can formally begin filing for arbitration with the American Arbitration Association. FairShake can assist with both the filing process and future steps.
When you go to arbitration, you’ll normally have the option to hire an attorney for additional representation and legal assistance.
Attorneys can be great choices since it’s easier to get a favorable ruling or a particularly high settlement if your complaint can be identified as covered under a certain law or statute. Since attorneys are experts in legal matters, it’s easy to see why they can be helpful for your arbitration case.
If you do decide to represent yourself, check out the American Arbitration Association’s Pro Se Case Administration Team, which has helpful information. But do keep attorneys in mind overall; some cases, like those dealing with harassment or improper debt collection, can benefit from an attorney’s assistance much more than others.
The path to arbitration starts by telling us your complaint against VRBO. As soon as you fill out the form below, we’ll begin working on your claim and taking away the frustration and stress from the situation. You’ll get a fair resolution – that’s a guarantee, or we won’t charge you a penny.