Booking a room through Rent a Place is just like booking a hotel stay, with the exception that you are dealing with local landlords instead. With Rent a Place as your intermediary, your payment method and the legitimacy of the transaction are both 100% protected. Rent a Place uses a third-party payment gateway that relies on heavy encryption protocols to transfer your payment information. Additionally, the amount you pay to secure your room or apartment will not be released until 48 hours after you move-in. This gives you the opportunity to run your own inspection when you arrive to make sure everything is in order.