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Dyanik, Renter in Manteca, CA

I found an ad on craigs list for a home to rent in Manteca. How do I know that it is not a scam for the deposit?

Asked by Dyanik, Manteca, CA Fri Feb 10, 2012

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All good answers below - There are legitimate rentals on CL, but also a few scammers... do your research!
2 votes Thank Flag Link Sat Feb 11, 2012
my home for rent, call 510-2244388.

3 bds, 3 baths, 3 cars, 3200sf, build 2004. $1800, $2000 deposit.

credit checks needed.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Aug 15, 2012
There is always a risk of being caught up in a scam. That being said if you proceed with caution and follow a few steps you can be pretty sure you are not being taken advantage of. A local Realtor can help you look up the tax records and confirm who the real owner is and if they are in default on their mortgage. You can also contact the county recorders office to check these records on you own. Once you have verified ownership on the home, the next step would be to confirm the people you are dealing with are actually who they say they are. Thirdly never pay in advance for any fee other than credit report, until you have completed your investigations and are ready to sign a rental agreement. Ask to review the agreement prior to making a commitment. Then use your good judgemnent and intuition to move forward.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Feb 13, 2012
If it's private party you should ask to see their ID before handing over any money. Then you can contact me or go to the county courthouse and confirm the name of your contact matches the name of the property owner. Property management companies & Realtors normally confirmin ownership prior before offering a propety for rent. Your'e smart to be careful.

Wendy Benavides, Realtor®
Legacy Real Estate & Associates
Phone: (209)239-1985
DRE 00994877
“Selling California One Yard at a Time”
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sat Feb 11, 2012
Send me the address and I will send back the owner's name and tax billing address. That way you know if you are dealing with the owner. - Brad

Brad Young
PMZ Real Estate
1600 W Yosemite Ave #1
Manteca CA 95337
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sat Feb 11, 2012
Hi, There are tons of scams on Craigslist. To make things easy make sure you can see the apt and meet the landlord in person before commiting to anything.

0 votes Thank Flag Link Sat Feb 11, 2012
0. Is this being managed by a management company or real esate professional that has a brick and mortar location? If yes, it is not likely to be a scam.
1. If there is ANY involvement with Western Union or sending docs via express services like FedEx, that should be a big RED flag.
2. Unable to meet in person with the individual attempting to rent the home. Get ID as mentioned before. Make sure you know the country code for Nigeria. Create the situation that compels them to call.
3. Tour the home. If their is evidence of any real estate information published by a real estate professional, call them. Check what may be taped to the windows. Often agents will post 'Alerts' and a phone number to call.
4. Never, ever use any form of cash. PS: Western Union is cash! Wired money is cash!
5. Status of house. This is the most difficult task. Determine if the home is delinquent on mortgage payments. This may indicate a foreclosure is imminent and you will find yourself on the street. It is not uncommon for such homes to be offered below market value. If the rent is 'too good to be true' you may want to do more research.

Now, if you have no intention of utilizing the services of a real estate professional, don't call one to obtain this information. Isn't that exactly what scammers do? Pretend to do one thing with only the intent of taking services and goods without paying.

Best of success in finding that exceptional rental.
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0 votes Thank Flag Link Sat Feb 11, 2012

You are correct in being cautions....many have been stung by unscrupulous people looking to take advantage of others.

With this said, there is nothing wrong with having your own requirements of the landlord prior to making a decision to rent. Actually this should be done to protect your interests and include multiple points of identification: proof of ownership/tax records with a paid receipt for recent taxes, photo identification, and copies of bills addressed to the property(electric, water, HOA, telephone, taxes etc.)

If an owner requests a deposit, damage fees. first and last and professes to be traveling, away, absent for any reason you should recognize a higher level of concern even if the opportunity is one you can't affort to lose. This is part of the scam.....a beautiful opportunity at an unreal price.

Take steps to protect yourself.....

Good luck,

0 votes Thank Flag Link Sat Feb 11, 2012
One almost sure sign tip off of a scam on CL is if they ask you for money for any reason ahead of time before meeting in person. Don't do it! Checking the public record for the owner's name is also a great tip by Rocky. Scam artists may also be after your personal information on a credit application so they can use it for identity theft purposes. You have to be so careful these days and I would assume that every post is a scam until you prove otherwise. If you are dealing with a licensed real estate agent you can look up their license online to make sure they are in good standing.
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There has been such a problem with fraudulent rentals on Craig's List. I suggest that the best way you can assure that you are dealing with a credible landlord is to use a realtor in assisting you finding a rental. It doesn't cost you anything and your interest is well protected.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sat Feb 11, 2012
Make sure you meet with the owner and obtain a set of keys. Have him give you a tour of the home. Also, carefully review the application forms. You could also check the tax record to confirm their name. It is public information. Be wise and if you feel uneasy, there is probably a good reason.

Rocky G.H. Hawrysz
Prudential California Realty
(209) 444-6610 Direct
(209) 433-2000 Fax
License No. 01468373
0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri Feb 10, 2012
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