We had today again a rental scam.
If any of you are going to rent any time soon,
There are few /similar/ scams ( we had #3):
1) A scammer locates a vacant property and begins marketing it for rent as if they own it. Sometimes the scammer says that they live out of the area or out of the country, has the tenants answer a few questions via email, and agrees to rent the property to someone and send them the keys once the prospective tenant sends them the deposit funds and sometimes first monthâ€™s rent; money is sent. Of course, when the people send the money, they do not receive the keys. They same property is supposedly â€œrentedâ€ to several people who send in money and do not receive keys.
2) The scammer locates a vacant property that is not for sale and changes the locks on it and shows the home as if he is the owner. He then writes up a bogus rental agreement, collects the money and gives the tenants the keys to the property; sometimes they collect rent for a while, but usually they disappear after the keys are given. The â€œtenants â€œ move in and later either the actual homeowner or the bank, if the property has been foreclosed on, discovers that these â€œtenantsâ€ are living in the property and have to deal with getting them out.
3) A similar scenario is that the home is actually listed for sale or rent (it may or may not be vacant) and Scammer snags the photos, property descriptions and such from the online listing sites and advertises the property online as if they own it and tells people that the current tenants are not being cooperative for showings, so they will have to rely on the marketing photos if they want to rent the property.
Sometimes the person is local and sometimes not, and the rest of the story goes like scenarios 1 & 2 above.
In our case, they changed locks and removed a realtor sign.....
Well, i understand that some of you want to save money, but renting from owner might mean a risk.
If you are represented by a realtor, you don't pay, landlord pays, but it is really small fee....
Does it worth the risk to go on your own?