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Rubi, Renter in Los Angeles, CA

Is the trulia site ever reliable? I am tired at looking at all the listings of homes for rent. All of them are scams.

Asked by Rubi, Los Angeles, CA Sun Aug 26, 2012

I emailed about 40 homes for rent here on trulia and every single one has the same story about them being out of town and looking for a god fearing family. I give up on Why do they allow these scams........

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Robert Gerner’s answer
This site is really good for finding agents to work with to help you navigate the "scams" etc. It does not cost a thing to call an Agent to help you in your search. Save yourself the time spent searching, let an agent do it, that's what we do all day anyways. Hope that was helpful.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Sep 4, 2012
Too bad a majority of the listings don't even include contact information. The only option is to use the email option, and those usually go unanswered.
Flag Tue Jul 9, 2013
I got the same email back.... "god fearing family"…

I mentioned that I would have my lawyer get in contact and he said "sure" and then all of a sudden the listing is gone.... There was another property similar and the wording was the same.. that listing is now gone as well.
Same story about being out of town and also VERY pushy about getting the $1,200 deposit.
Also saying that I would not be able to view the inside of the home..only the outside.
Also the price was dropped $1,500 in a matter of 4 days.
It all seemed too good to be true, which was obviously a red flag.
$2,000 a month for this home in the link. Yeah right!
2 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Aug 29, 2012
There are many realtors that handle rentals as well as real estate sales, and you would do best to contact a realtor (check out the tool bar above for one in your area)!
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Mar 16, 2015
I'm finding the same story are they all scams
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Mar 16, 2015

Using a Licensed Realtor to help you find rentals will help with eliminating scams. I can get in the MLS and see what other Realtor's have listed to rent. In TX the landlord pays for the service. It cost you nothing as a renter.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Dec 22, 2014
Rentals scams are rampant on all the public real estate sites so be very careful when responding to rental ads.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Dec 22, 2014
I'm in the Chicago suburbs and am experiencing the same thing...scams. I got 2 of these emails today Urgent, out of the country, God-fearing, blah, blah, blah.

I just checked with a realtor friend of mine and the names these people gave are not real.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Dec 22, 2014
Opening the site to rentals makes it very vulnerable to scams...such is the plight of Craig's List. It's unfortunate that scammers (aka: SCUM) take advantage and ruin perfectly good systems for the rest of us. The most reliable source of actionable information is a Realtor, and it will cost somebody some money, depending on where you live, that "somebody" will either be the renter or the landlord. But, as with all things in life, you get what you pay for. Newspaper classifieds still seem to be the least ridden with scammers. Best of luck...
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Dec 2, 2014
My wish is the powers behind Trulia see your posting and do something about it once and for all, it has been a couple of years, not something that is new. They post scam after scam without rest. The best way to eliminate it is to only let licensed agents post ads. My advice to all is to NEVER rent a home sight unseen, NEVER wire money and when you hear a story that is too good to be true, it always is.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Dec 2, 2014
So, if i'm leasing a house off of the "owner" he's sending me the lease agreement papers via mail, is this trust worthy? It seems legit for once. I just want to make sure
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Dec 2, 2014
We've lived in Los Angeles for years and are aware of housing costs in different areas. Confident that I can spot a scam I've inquired about many of the properties listed. However, I have yet to receive one legit response to any of these listings. I'm sorry that many of you have wasted your time as I have on this site.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Sep 4, 2012
Yes, I've experienced the same thing. I'm relocating from Chicago, IL and I haven't got the patience to be bother with scams of this nature or any other. Is this website for real?
0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Aug 30, 2012
There's tons of rental scams everywhere you look. Depending on the area you're looking, one of the best ways to find homes is on rental signs posted at the property. The rental market is so strong that many landlords are simply posting signs to find their next tenant.

Best of luck...
0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Aug 29, 2012
The risk of fraud also increases when renters are looking for a "deal." In LA, paying the lowest rent is usually the result of the benefit of rent control after years of being in the same place (witness Santa Monica). Under any other circumstance, paying less than market rate is extraordinarily rare in an area of rental demand.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sun Aug 26, 2012
I'm glad you see these for what they are. Scams continue to proliferate because people continue to fall for them. The same scam exists on other sites too. I first found it on Craigslist several years ago.
Your best bet to find a legitimate rental listing is to find a local agent where you are hoping to live. Properties listed on the MLS are not completely immune from the possibility of fraud, but the risk drops when you have a professional on your side who can verify various things.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sun Aug 26, 2012
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