Why listing your property on rental platforms isn’t enough
Many property owners believe that listing their properties on platforms such as Airbnb or HomeAway is enough to convince travellers of their credibility. However, it is possible for fraudulent operators to create fake listings on these platforms and populate them with positive reviews, giving people the impression that they’re legitimate and trustworthy hosts. Travellers are becoming more aware of this, so it’s important that property owners can prove their credentials in other ways. That’s where I‑PRAC comes in.
If a traveller sees the I‑PRAC logo on your property listing, they will know that you’ve been approved by our team of industry experts following an in-depth verification process. You’ll also be given a unique ID number, which travellers can verify through the I‑PRAC website. Becoming I‑PRAC approved will give customers peace of mind that your listing is genuine, as well as the confidence to book with you directly and pay upfront, helping your cashflow.
Property owners can register for ‘I‑PRAC approved’ status through the I‑PRAC website. Our application process involves a series of checks and verification processes, giving travellers peace of mind that a property owner’s credentials have been thoroughly vetted and verified.
As part of our rigorous and in-depth approvals process, we require property owners to provide the following documentation to help verify their credentials:
Copy of passport
Utility bill for the rental property
Proof of bank account registration
Proof of property ownership
I‑PRAC will liaise closely with government agencies in the relevant country to check that the application and supporting documents are legitimate. We currently work with government organizations in 28 countries worldwide including France, Italy, Spain and the USA.
Using sophisticated verification techniques, we also conduct thorough checks on a property owner’s personal contact details, such as phone numbers and email addresses. This is an important part of verifying an applicant’s identity.
We also carry out a series of checks on the marketing of a property on rental platforms, paying close attention to property photos, reviews and descriptions. This helps us establish whether a property listing is genuine or fake.
Once a property owner passes all of our checks, they will officially be ‘I‑PRAC approved’, allowing them to display the I‑PRAC logo and their unique ID number on their online property listings. Due to the comprehensive nature of our approval process, property owners can expect to receive a response to their application within three weeks.
Be part of the I‑PRAC community preventing rental fraud
Rental fraud is a growing problem worldwide, with unsuspecting holidaymakers and business travellers being conned out of millions of pounds every year. Give customers the peace of mind that you’re a legitimate provider by becoming I‑PRAC approved – and join us in the global fight against rental fraud.
Anyone renting an I‑PRAC approved property has to register their booking through the I‑PRAC website. This will send a confirmation email to the owner and the client. If the owner doesn’t recognise the booking, we will inform the client and refund them 100% of their booking fee. For wire transfer payments, clients are also encouraged to check that the last five digits of the owner’s bank account match those listed on their I‑PRAC profile page.
Ready to be I‑PRAC approved?
Registering with I‑PRAC couldn’t be easier. Simply submit your application, provide the relevant documents and, subject to passing our checks, you could be an I‑PRAC approved property owner within three weeks.