1. Contact the owner and arrange an agreed upon period and price if renting
2. Use emails as this is a good record of communication.
3. Validate the owner of the property by public record, phone record, utility bill or some other method you feel comfortable with.
4. Agree on terms of payment and currency
5. Follow through with your agreement terms. Inquire about cancellation policy prior to payment and keep this in written format.
6. Now enjoy your vacation!!