Time share properties are usually located in resort areas or vacation destinations. People purchase time shares so they can access the property for a specific number of days per year. However, many of those time share owners do not use their full amount of allotted days per year, so they rent out their time share units to other people to recoup their yearly dues and fees. For those interested in the time share experience without the commitment, renting is a great option.
Determine where you want to vacation. There are time share options available for virtually any vacation destination, although you might need to broaden your search options if you don't know precisely which city you want to visit. For example, if you want to vacation on a beach but don't care where it's located, you might search listings in California, Florida, the Caribbean or other destinations near a beach.
Start your search online. You have a few options for looking for a time share to rent. The easiest way to find one is to look on a time share rental site. There are several available, and they aggregate time share purchases and rentals for a variety of locations (see "Resources" below).
Search for the city you want to visit, if you have a specific preference. For example, if you're looking for a timeshare in Orlando because you want to visit amusement parks in that area, you can search for time shares in Orlando directly instead of wading through the online aggregate sites for all available time shares.
Make rental arrangements. If you are renting via a third party time share rental website, it will handle all the arrangements and act as a middleman between you and the time share owner. If you are making arrangements with the time share owner directly, you will need to arrange payment and contract terms with her.
- You can sometimes get a better deal by working directly with the time share owner instead of a third party website, but you will need to make payment and contract arrangements yourself if you do.
- Keep a record of your payment and the rental agreement between you and the time share owner, in case of a dispute regarding the unit or the contract.