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Jammy Su, Renter in New York, NY

what clause or statement in a rental lease is essential for me to secure an apartment without being taken advantage of?

Asked by Jammy Su, New York, NY Fri Mar 7, 2014

essentially, I'd like to know how I could 'secure' an apartment securely, without forfeiting any money. I was told that I should never send any so-called deposits before I sign any lease; on top of that, I'd like to know if there are clauses in the lease that I should be aware of, or if there are ways that I could be scammed through certain statements on a lease.

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Why not simply work with an agent of your own; if uncomfortable with just signing a lease, you could consider having the document reviewed by an attorney who specializes in real estate. As to scams, yes they exist, therefore if not working with an agent, always verify ownership before exchanging any money/personal information; for scam related information see links...
http://www.ftc.gov/news-events/press-releases/2009/05/spotti…
http://www.governor.ny.gov/press/08212013-apartment-rental-s…
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This is useful information! May I ask how I might verify one's ownership over a property? What kind of document should I have them present, and how may I know if it's valid? And yes, I will consider getting an agent. Thank you!
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Never send money to get keys. Always make someone show you the place themselves. Anything written in a contract from a scammer is meaningless to protect yourself. Common sense is your best defense.
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Thank you for the input!
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