...it is a purchasers problem! I've bought and sold thousands of dollars of merchandise to include boats, cars, motorcycles, boat slips, sporting equipment and furniture, all with 100% satisfaction, but never a property rental. Craigslist is only a portal for the buyer and seller and requires that the buyer scruitinize each purchase to his/her satisfaction. I understand this person locked in on the rental one day before her vacation started. I can hardly call that planning or scruitinization in any form!
Unfortunately, our society is full of crooks and thieves that are willing to pull a scam and ANY opportunity to put your money in their pocket. Anything involving money has a band of thieves hovering like vultures, just waiting for the next victim. Craigslist does not promote this kind of activity, tries to thwart it when possible AND posts large, emphatic statements about "buyers beware" with methods to avoid being scammed.
In this situation, I would be inclined to seek a rental from a real estate brokerage that is well established, especially if I were from out of town.
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