International Property Rental Approval Certification

I‑PRAC is a verification service designed to vet property owners and rental agencies across the world, protecting consumers from scams and fraud.

A growing problem worldwide

With websites like Airbnb and HomeAway becoming ever more popular, online fraudsters are finding new ways to con holidaymakers and business travellers, convincing them to part with their hard-earned cash for fake rental accommodation that otherwise looks legitimate.

Percentage of American travellers who booked a ‘fake’ hotel room in 2017
(Source: AHLA)
Total cost of fraudulent hotel bookings to US travellers in 2017
(Source: AHLA)
Number of UK travellers who fell victim to travel-related fraud in 2017
(Source: Action Fraud)
Average amount lost by UK travellers affected by travel-related fraud in 2017
(Source: Action Fraud)

Protecting travellers from rental fraud

I‑PRAC is leading the global fight against rental fraud. With over 20 years’ experience in holiday and business rentals, we are committed to cleaning up the industry for the benefit of travellers, rental agencies and property owners.

Our in-depth and robust verification process is designed to ensure that every one of our members is a legitimate and professional operator. Anyone who registers their booking with I‑PRAC is also entitled to full compensation in the unlikely event that they fall victim to fraud committed by an I‑PRAC member.

The Board

I‑PRAC’s leadership team has decades of rental industry experience, having assisted thousands of holidaymakers and businesses worldwide.

Chris Maughan
CEO & Founder

An experienced operator in holiday and commercial rentals for 17 years, Chris developed and launched I‑PRAC after witnessing a family in Cannes lose £15,000 to rental fraud. He is passionate about cleaning up the rental industry and making it a safe place for business travellers and holidaymakers worldwide.

Chris is also CEO and co-founder of AES Accommodation Ltd and AES Events Group, a nominated accommodation and events provider for companies including Google, Twitter, Spotify, Fox Channels and Disney, and exclusively manages some of the most luxury and sought after villas on the French Riviera, from Monaco to St Tropez. This experience was key to the development, design and launch of I‑PRAC.

Mary Tangale
CFO & Founder

Mary has been involved in the rentals industry for almost 20 years, co-founding AES Accommodation Ltd with Chris Maughan – and heading up its customer relations and client service function – before working closely with him to launch I‑PRAC.

With her extensive knowledge of property owner and rental agency administration, Mary knows exactly what is required to be a legitimate rental operator.

In her role at I‑PRAC, Mary looks after all aspects of operations and finance, as well as any legal matters. Based at I‑PRAC’s head office, she is responsible for managing member payments and renewals, and helping to drive business growth.

Managing Director

Over the past decade, Emma has owned and run several businesses, with a special focus on outsourced PA and call handling services. This experience is now helping her manage I‑PRAC’s growth and operational strategy.

Having seen the damage that can be caused by rental fraud, Emma is committed to making I‑PRAC a trusted name for anyone looking to book a holiday or business rental.

Heading up I‑PRAC’s application centre, Emma spends her days managing the ever-growing approvals team, which conducts the rigorous checks involved in approving property owners and agencies as I‑PRAC members. She also looks after the media centre, liaising with journalists and sharing all the latest news on I‑PRAC and rental fraud.

Having seen the damage that rental fraud is causing to families and businesses around the world, I felt personally obliged to take action.
Chris Maughan
Founder and CEO, I‑PRAC
Ready to be I‑PRAC approved?

Registering with I‑PRAC couldn’t be easier. Simply submit your application, provide the required documents and, subject to passing our checks, you could be an I‑PRAC approved member within three weeks.