Regardless of how you are able to rent your timeshare (on your own, a friend, a referral, the resort, the developer or thru a rental broker) always make sure that the traveler's money is placed in a trust account until after the rental is completed. A rental is considered complete after travel dates have passed.
Likewise, if you are the traveler always make sure your money is placed in a trust account on your behalf until after the transaction is complete.
The trust account will assure:
FINAL NOTE: TO PROTECT ALL PARTIES INVOLVED ANY RENTAL MONIES SHOULD BE PLACED IN A TRUST ACCOUNT UNTIL FINALIZATION OF YOUR RENTAL TRANSACTION.