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Attention vacationers

Basically... when you rent a vacation property, the contract stipulates that you may not post a negative review online. Doctors and dentists invented this "confidentiality clause," and now it's spreading to other industries. They have your credit card number, so if you violate the agreement, they can just charge your card for the stated "fine" amount.
Tom and Terri Dorow didn’t like their recent vacation rental in Scottsdale, Ariz. Their online review is clear about that. It’s a laundry list of complaints about equipment, appliances and even the ap...
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If I were to see this in the rental conditions, it would influence my decision to go elsewhere.
Wow .. what a trap for uninformed players ! Even before this there was increasing litigation by disgruntled property owners. What it really boils down to is the fact that online reviews are probably misleading and worthless.
Ultimately, though, the property owners have nowhere to hide. The protective clauses may not apply to de-identified feedback solicited and published by your booking agency, or your word-of-mouth dissing to close friends, or even to complaints made to statutory authorities.
Bah. I'll write whatever frickin' review I want on any publicly offered goods or services. Let them take me to court. That's not an enforceable thing.
Easy to get round. You write something like the following.

'I would review this holiday property properly but the rental agreement has a clause stating I cannot say anything negative in an on-line review without paying a fine of $XXX.

As I dont have a spare $XXX at this moment I wont say any more about this place.'
"There are several ways a person must go about proving that libel has taken place. For example, in the United States, the person first must prove that the statement was false."
I like it in the olden days, when holiday makers just gave you a discount for a good review on TripAdvisor. That was much more honest.
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