Memorial Day is around the corner, and South Carolina beaches are ready to host families from around the country. Rather than stuff your family into a single hotel room for vacation, many want to rent an entire house.Before you put money down on a place, read BBB’s tips on protecting your vacation and family from shady rentals.In addition:Use a service that verifies properties and ownersWebsites such as Airbnb, Vacation Rentals By Owner (VRBO) and Homestay make it easy for travelers to connect with property owners in prime vacation spots. In addition, these sites often have built-in fraud protection features.Another option is to go through a real estate agent. Agents in vacation spots broker rentals on local homes. Property Management services in South Carolina are required to have licensing from the SC Real Estate Commission. You can check online to verify if they are licensed and in good standing with the state.Trust your gutThroughout the whole process of shopping for a rental property, it’s important to trust your gut:Does the owner seem shady?Are there inconsistencies between the property details and what you see on Google Street View?Remember, if the rental you’re considering is significantly cheaper than everything else in the area, there is probably a reason for that.Stick with what you knowFinally, when you find a rental you love, use it again and again. Make it a family tradition to return to the same spot for an annual rendezvous. Variety may be the spice of life, but there is a lot to be said for what’s tried and true.Be sure and Check with bbb.org for reviews and reports on vacation rentals. You should also feel free to contact BBB Serving Central SC and Charleston at 803-254-2525 or 843-766-9616 for further assistance.