I would agree with the answer Terri said earlier. Also if you are meeting with a property manager, they should have keys in hand to the property. Don't give personal information or money to someone who says they will send you the keys by mail or courier. I had a personal experience renting a property where a scammer used my ad on Craigslist, but changed the phone number. A prospective renter alerted me to the scammers ad because he didn't know which ad was real. Obviously the scammer did not have keys to the property and could not show it.
There are also property owners who rent using Craigslist to advertise. They are legitimate owners managing their own properties. Again, they should have the keys in hand to show you the property.
Good Luck. I'm happy to answer any questions.
Craigslist has the most rentals listed in one place. Keep in mind they also have scammers. So you will want to talk to a real person before giving any of your personal information.
Persistance will be needed.
All the best to you.
If you don't need a lot of space, sharing a home might be a way to reduce the risk to the homeowner. Generally anyone signing the lease is obligated to pay all of the rent. The homeowner will see there are several sources which can pay the rent. The disadvantage besides sharing the house is that you would be at risk of your co-tennants not paying their share.
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- Show you have deep reserves of liquid assets or cash, at least 3 to 4 months
- Provide 2 months security deposit
- Get written testimonials from your past landlords that say you paid for every month you rented
- Have another family member that has good credit apply and sign the lease, then have a contract with them to assure them they will be paid
Hope that helps!
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The rent site(s) checking out appro. going rent is: ZILPY.com. Finestexpert.com
There are lots of spammers and possibly people pretend they are property manager. They love to take your deposit and ran.
Ask them to show they are authorized or proof of they are property owners with ID.
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