Marathon is Targeted for Vacation Rental Scams

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 SCAM ALERT

The City of Marathon has been identified as a target for rental scams this year.  Travelers are cautioned to be aware of and avoid illegal vacation rentals and internet scams aimed at potential renters.

Scam include reproducing online adds, posing as relatives or friends of the homeowner, asking you to sign a rental contract for longer then you are staying,or illegally renting a property they do not own.

Licensed vacation rental properties are required to be inspected to ensure that they meet current building and fire codes, have a local manager/representative available 24/7, and are required to follow safety regulations and adhere to regular cleaning and trash removal.

To verify a property has a legitimate vacation rental license check the City’s website here:  http://www.ci.marathon.fl.us/property-records-search/

You can also verify the owner of the property at the Monroe County Property Appraiser’s website here: http://www.mcpafl.org/PropSearch.aspx

The City of Marathon works very diligently to combat illegal rentals and fight internet fraud.  For more information regarding Vacations Rental in the City visit our website at http://www.ci.marathon.fl.us/vacationrental/ or contact us during regular business hours at 305-289-4108.

Click the following link to read more about vacation rental fraud in the Keys. http://www.fla-keys.com/news/news.cfm?sid=8201

If you know of any illegal rentals you can file a code complaint with the City and we will investigate.  http://www.ci.marathon.fl.us/forms/code-complaint/