If you're wanting to rent a place, I STRONGLY suggest you click on my profile here on Trulia & read my 2 blog postings called "RED FLAGS - RENTAL SCAMS - PUBLIC BEWARE", if going through my profile doesn't work, just google that phrase & it will link you to my 2 postings.
I tell you how to easily spot the scammer, how they talk & act about your renting their fake deal. It will aid you in your quest to find a Real rental & rent from a Real landlord.
The scammers will tell you, you can have 5 dogs, bad credit ok, you can rent the place for 3yrs no problem, go peek in the windows to see the house because we're getting a high volume of callers & can't meet you right now, send us a security deposit & we'll mail you a key, etc etc, use your common sense!
Emily S. Knell
Realtor Since 1996
Realty ONE Group
Short Sale Specialist - 100% success rate
it's not only "criminals" that put up fake postings. It's also realtors that use homes that were just rented/sold as available in order to get interested people's contact info. Then they'll just say that the property "just" became unavailable and they'll give you 10 other listings. Thus, they use these fake posts as baits.
We apologize that your experience with Trulia has been less than satisfactory. Chris Creed is correct in that rental listings do not have many of the regulations on them that For Sale listings do, and therefore are much more susceptible to scams.
Fraud is a huge issue for any online rental listing site, not just Trulia, and we are constantly monitoring and adjusting our tools to remove fraud before it is seen by our users.
Trulia publishes data from many sources and all of our sources are subject to quality control. Some fraudulent properties do get through though and our Customer Service department removes them as we find them or are alerted to them by users.
If you do spot a fraudulent listing on Trulia.com, we urge you to report it to our Customer Service team by using the "Flag" feature on the listing, and to report the listing to the FBI using this online form: http://www.ic3.gov/complaint/default.aspx
Thank you for your question and for giving us the opportunity to address it.
Rentals are not as regulated as sales listings. I took the time to run a full report for you on what is available in Santa Monica. This report is direct from the MLS. Let me know if you have any questions, want to see other areas, or lets go take a look!
Here is the report:
Good luck with your search!
I'm sorry this is frustrating for all. If you are interested in leasing or buying, it's best to contact a professional Realtor like myself to be sure it's not a scam. Feel free to contact me and let me know what you are looking for.