Thank you for your question:
The contact person in the advertisement is listed as Terry Williamson.
However The State Of California does not have any record of a Real Estate License for anyone named Terry Williamson and there is no Real Estate license number listed in the advertising.
California State law requires that anyone representing the owner of Real Estate must have a valid, active, real estate license and the real estate license number must be included in the advertising.
Also, the advertised rent for this property is far below the fair market rent for a single family home of this type, in this location.
There have been many scams in advertisements of homes for rent where the person advertising the home for rent does not have a valid, active real estate license and has no written agreement with the owner of the home to actually rent the home.
The scammers collect a security deposit and prepaid rent from you, and then disappear with your money.
Another variation on this scheme is that the scammers collect enough information on you through the rental application that they are now able to steal your identity, and empty your bank account.
I suspect that this advertisement is a scam that is designed to steal your money, or your identity, or both.
If you feel that you must deal with this person, I recommend that you demand their real estate license number and then verify with the State of California Department of Real Estate that this person actually has an active, valid real estate license.
Also I recommend that you ask to see a copy of the listing agreement to verify that the owner of the house has a written agreement with this person to rent the house.
I suspect that this person listed as the contact person in this advertisement not only does not have an active real estate license, but also that this person does not even have a written agreement with the owner of this property to even rent the house.
Charles Butterfield MBA
Real Estate Broker/REALTOR
Cell Phone: (408)509-6218
Email Address: firstname.lastname@example.org