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Renting Out Unit Booked with Restricted StarOptions

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Can someone remind me of the rules of renting out units that are booked with StarOptions? I vaguely recall that you’re not allowed to do so, but the rule is never enforced. Are the rules any different for restricted options?

I recall there was a brouhaha when Vistana tried to implement a fee for changing the names on a reservation, which tacitly acknowledges that people do rent units booked with options. I know they later rescinded that policy for home resort bookings, but did they do so for StarOptions bookings?

I was supposed to check-in to Harborside on April 4, so it looks like I’ll have restricted options to use in 2020. I might try renting out, though I know that’s a long shot for any in demand period. I might just book a free trip for a friend, but I’m not even sure if that’s an option.

Any advice appreciated. Thanks!
 

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I assume the rules for restricted options are the same as for regular. You can rent it only if you own an underlying week at that resort in the same season.
 

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I assume the rules for restricted options are the same as for regular. You can rent it only if you own an underlying week at that resort in the same season.
Thanks.

Do you happen to recall specifically what is prohibited? I have a sister in Orlando that could easily fly to Nassau on short notice. She’s family and I wouldn't be ‘renting‘ it to her, but she’s not on my deed and the reservation would be outside of my home season if she went this fall. I just spent a good 30 minutes looking for the rules on the Vistana website, but I didn’t find the prohibition language.

i did find the section that has the third part rental fee schedule, and the rental language below, but nowhere clarifies the rules outside of the home resort period.

Vistana™ Signature Experiences does not offer an Owner rental program at any of its villa resorts. However, as an Owner, you may reserve a Vacation Period at your Home Resort and arrange a private third-party rental. All renters must comply with the rules and regulations of your Home Resort, and as the Owner, you will be responsible for the acts or omissions of your renter and their guests. Once you have rented your Home Resort Vacation Period, please notify Owner Services of the arriving guest name to ensure their access to your reservation at check-in. Owners should be current in all fees, including maintenance fees and taxes, associated with ownership prior to the arrival date. To ensure your guest a seamless check-in, please pay all fees in advance, as guests will not be allowed to check in until all fees are paid. If additional housekeeping fees are assessed on the reservation, your guest will be responsible for paying these fees at check-out if you have not settled the fees with the resort prior to your guest’s departure (see confirmation to determine if additional housekeeping fees are assessed).
 
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Thanks.

Do you happen to recall specifically what is prohibited? I have a sister in Orlando that could easily fly to Nassau on short notice. She’s family and I wouldn't be ‘renting‘ it to her, but she’s not on my deed and the reservation would be outside of my home season if she went this fall. I just spent a good 30 minutes looking for the rules on the Vistana website, but I didn’t find the prohibition language.

i did find the section that has the third part rental fee schedule, and the rental language below, but nowhere clarifies the rules outside of the home resort period.

Vistana Signature Experiences does not offer an Owner rental program at any of its villa resorts. However, as an Owner, you may reserve a Vacation Period at your Home Resort and arrange a private third-party rental. All renters must comply with the rules and regulations of your Home Resort, and as the Owner, you will be responsible for the acts or omissions of your renter and their guests. Once you have rented your Home Resort Vacation Period, please notify Owner Services of the arriving guest name to ensure their access to your reservation at check-in. Owners should be current in all fees, including maintenance fees and taxes, associated with ownership prior to the arrival date. To ensure your guest a seamless check-in, please pay all fees in advance, as guests will not be allowed to check in until all fees are paid. If additional housekeeping fees are assessed on the reservation, your guest will be responsible for paying these fees at check-out if you have not settled the fees with the resort prior to your guest’s departure (see confirmation to determine if additional housekeeping fees are assessed).
Specifically permitted.

They were trying to crack down on people using cheap, say WKV SO to make HRA or WSJ bookings on SO and arbitrage the rental premium vs their home resort.
 

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Correct. You can “give away” your usage to anyone you want, as long as it’s not a rental.
 
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