Brian Head, Realtor
Joel Feinstein Law
When I squawked about it being unprofessional, and probably ILLEGAL, she rejected my clients, and chose another tenant. ( In spite of the fact that they had passed muster on all her other requirements.)
I'm STILL thinking of filing a grievance against her, and I really should.
By now I imagine you get the picture, no fully signed lease/contract no money.
Maybe you could have provided a copy of the cashier's check to satisfy the owner/leasing agent of your intent. Normally, when I represent the owner, I would write the lease, have the owner review it then once the owner approves it I would send to the applicant (or their agent) for their signatures. When I receive that back signed by the tenants from the tenant's Realtor I would then have the owner sign and then provide the tenants their copy in exchange for the cashier's check and any other required items.
Sorry to say there are some in this industry that are not as ethical as they should be and give the rest a bad name. I am glad you reacted to the red flag and were not so emotionally attached that you had to have it, I hope your Realtor was also on alert after that. Sounds like the owner/agent was a bit desperate to get the home leased.
Brian Wilson, Realtor
Hopefully your agent knows also that you do not give any money with out a signed lease agreement... I have been doing leases for about 25 years and this does sound alarming.. Kudos to you and your agent if they concern the same as you... I would call the agents broker and let them know the problem that came up and maybe this agent is not telling the landlord what the laws are and how they can do things.. There is a number to call and a website that helps tenants and landlords...There are alot of scams in the market especially the internet these days..
Good Luck and sorry to here you maybe not be getting the place.
Ingrid SKi Realtor
OC Homes Realty
Check here to see if the leasing agent is the broker of her company: http://www2.dre.ca.gov/PublicASP/pplinfo.asp
Type in the name like this: Smith, Jane
I'm glad to hear you are using a Realtor to find a place, if you get this place Or need to continue searching, please also click on my profile here on Trulia & read my 2 blog posts called "RENTAL SCAMS - RED FLAGS - PUBLIC BEWARE" .
I don't look back on this same Trulia thread for answers posted after mine.
Realtor Since 1996
Main Street Realtors