My dilemma is whether to choose an apartment with a rental agency or one that is owner direct arrangement.
My fear with the owner direct is that you have nothing to fall back on if there is a major dilemma with the apartment or obtaining keys etc who can you go to .....no one. You deposit money in their bank account with seemingly no recourse . Whereas with an agency it is a registered business and with that comes some responsibilities. and authorities to answer to ....or else ...beware of trip advisor forum!!
Also if there is a problem with the apartment an Agency can supply you with another whereas hiccups with owner direct could maybe leave you stranded without immediate accommodation.
Would love to hear of your opinions