Avoiding Service Fees

You don't mind paying a few extra hundred dollars on your next New York vacation rental, do you? 

Many of the National sites now charge a traveler Service Fee just to book a vacation rental through their websites. While they say the fee will range between 4% and 9%, they calculate the fee based on the rent and any other fees charged (cleaning fees, etc.). Most recently they've raised the service rates to 5% to 15%, so it may end up costing a traveler as much as 20% of the rental rate. It is not assessed on taxes or security deposits. So, if the rental rate is $3,000 and there is another $400 in fees for cleaning, linens, pet fees, etc., the Service Fee will be based on $3,400.


New York Rental By Owner is simply a listing site not a booking site. We connect the traveler and homeowners. Allowing open communication between the two groups. 

What Can the Traveler Do?

If you find a New York vacation rental you like listed on another listing site, don't immediately book it. Instead, search this site, where you can book it without paying the Service Fee. If it is not listed on our site, contact the owner and tell them to list their rental here so you can book it without paying the Service Fee.