I know what you mean. It is a shame, a real shame that it is folks just like you that get pummeled by this fraudulent and damaging information and predatory practices.
But you are not alone.
I posted a home for sale last Thursday. And on Friday morning folks were knocking on the owners door to SEE the rental house. That is how fast the 'fake' for rent ad got published.
I DON"T LIKE THIS
The HOMEOWNER does not like this.
The person looking for a place to rent certainly does not like it.
Be aware, Trulia does not like it much either. They can't make any money. Trulia.com is under unrelenting attack by hackers who are systemicly destroying the consumer experience. Fake rental ads is not too far removed from the 'fake' for sale ads they allow from RealtyTrac.
Hella, you do have a choice. Pick up the phone and call a LA REALTOR and request to be referred to a professional who handles REAL rental properties. It is a shame that this is the best option available.
Please understand, the real estate professionals did not create this situation. We are actually here to rescue home buyers, sellers and renters from the traps that are surrounding you.
This situation,however was a predictable outcome when buyer, sellers, renters and advertisers wanted free, uncontrolled and unfettered access to real estate data and that data was handled irresponsibly. I trust you will CHOOSE to use the reliable and responsible resources your agent will provide and abandon sites like Zillow and Trulia for any decision making real estate related purpose.
Friends won't let their friends become victims. Protect your friends also.
Sad to say, but scammer are all over the net.
My advise to you is to work directly with a property management company or a realtor who handles rentals.
Do not trust anyone else on the web, too many good people have been scammed.
Kawain Payne, Realtor
Berkshire Hathaway Home Services
My main suggestions for anyone looking for a rental home that wants to avoid the hassle the scammers create is for them to contact a licensed agent and if they see a listing that seems too good to be true to be very suspicious of it.
Read my blog:
For some helpful advice.
You get what you pay for and when it's free you are going to get scammers.