Vacation Rental Company Spotlight: is a division of HomeAway that offers homes, apartments, condominiums and more for rent in locations around the world. If you are interested in renting, you can easily search the website for homes by location, price and nearby amenities.

The company CyberRentals was founded in 1987 and is currently headquartered in Austin, Texas. At first they did only print advertising for vacation rentals and later the company moved from print advertising to the online market in 1995. 

Rental listings on are split into varying categories. Many featured rental homes include those located near major beach hot spots, ski resorts and major metropolitan tourist attractions although you can most certainly find rentals almost anywhere and everywhere in the world.


Any questions that a potential renter has are directly routed to the homeowner via telephone or email which makes it very easy to ask questions without giving away your contact information. The website acts solely as a place where homeowners can list their properties for rent and accept payment at the same time. 


Homeowners have the option of accepting payments via credit card or may opt to deal with the potential renters alone. For the protection of both the homeowner and renter, credit card payments are processed using a third party company. If homeowners choose to use this option, they must pay a monthly fee to the processing company. 

In order to reserve a rental, customers are asked to place a deposit of between 10 and 50 percent of the total amount to be paid for the duration of the stay. The actual amount of the deposit will depend on which homeowner they choose. The remaining amount is expected to be paid 8 weeks prior to the estimated arrival date of the customer. A refundable security deposit may also be required by the homeowner, which is due to be refunded to the customer immediately following the date of departure.


Refund policies vary depending on which rental listing the customer is interested in. The rental contract will state whether or not a refund is allowed, and how much the customer will receive in certain situations. Generally, refunds are not allowed if the rental is cancelled due to weather conditions, unless otherwise stated in the rental contract. 

Customers who choose to use the website are protected by the HomeAway rental guarantee. This not only gives peace of mind but also ensures that all rental listings on the website are legitimate.

While we have never been burned on a vacation rental, it is good to know that HomeAway does, however, offer additional coverage should any unforeseen events occur that may cause the cancellation of the rental. 


"CyberRentals is one of the original global online vacation rental directories. With over 85,000 vacation rentals worldwide, CyberRentals caters to millions of travelers looking for the perfect hotel alternative." ~ Tripping

"Online since 1995, CyberRentals makes it easy to find vacation rentals by owner across the US - including California, Oregon, Florida and Hawaii and around." ~ Trip 123

Since the first publishing of this article, Cyber Rentals has been combined with the Home Away website. If you search for, you will now be taken directly to the Home Away website. You can expect the same great service and amazing vacation rentals on the Home Away website. Now that they are combined, there are more rentals than ever.