Vacation rentals are often great deals: You typically get a lot more space per dollar than in conventional hotel rooms, plus rentals are often in great locations and usually have kitchen facilities that let you cut the cost of some meals. They're also great for accommodating large families or groups that want to vacation together. But vacation rentals entail certain risks. From legality issues to consumer protections, here are the most important things to know before your next vacation-rental experience.
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