You should assume all rental listings here are scams. Report them. Find the link on the page named MORE, under it is a drop down menu with FLAG - click it. I would be a majority of rentals on this site are scams. Never Ever send money = those are scams.Never Ever send money = those are scams.... more
You can contact the police and they will try to track the person down but their MO is sophisticated and it is hard to track them (according to the police i contacted for the same reason). Lots of scammers out there.. In our office we have experienced our listed properties put on craigslist for rent and i had to comfort a student a few years ago who wired the money to a fake landlord. I did tell her to contact the police too.... more
Dianna posted rentometer.com. This is the closest public database I have found to actual rental values. It is all so subjective based on condition, location, term, sq ft and so on. Have a good relationship with a real estate professional that specializes in working with investors.... more
I have noticed that these scammers often emphasize their religious beliefs, maybe to gain your trust, so that has become one clue to me that it is a scam! Why should you care what their religion is when you just want to rent a house?
The person who stole one of my listings and was advertising it as a rental did the same thing. She got someone to send her money "in exchange for keys" and the house wasn't even for rent, it was for sale, and she used my photos even... very galling! Keep in mind that it is public information as to who owns a given house. Check the tax records for the address and see if it matches the name of the person who is writing to you. If it doesn't, ask that person to send proof that they have the authority to rent the property, before you send them anything. My guess is, you won't hear from them again, because they know then that the jig is up!
Usually campus' have a board for just this kind of thing. My recommendation is to inquire, go over to the area on campus on a regular basis to monitor the rental options. I would think they are always changing..Good luck,... more
Be aware that scams do exist; be mindful that such web sites are third party sites, so the information is fed by various sources, therefore data is not really verified. If you choose not to work with an agent of your own always verify ownership before exchanging any money/personal information--make certain they are who they claim to be. Never wire any money, if it sounds too good to be true, it is. For scam related information see link.
Since you are specifically interested in this one area, I recommend you look online for an established agency in the area, look at agent bios and contact one or two. Usually there are multiple listing services that service areas and realtors will be able to view what is active. In addition, they may be able to set you up in an auto email that will allow you to see immediately what has come to market. The main problem you face is that generally, rentals come on the market closer to when they will be occupied. It is a different time factor than marketing a home. So if something were available now, chances are they would not want to wait for occupancy by the summer. Your best bet is to network with area realtors and hope that you get lucky...rentals in particular are an issue of timing.... more