where do i find the owner of a property before i rent it!?

Asked by Peachez4673, Philadelphia, PA Mon Nov 21, 2011

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Larry Lichtm…, Agent, Bala Cynwyd, PA
Tue Nov 22, 2011
Hi Peachez,

If you are concerned that the person you are about to rent from doesn't have the authority to lease it to you, ask the person who owns it. You can find the name of the Owner of Record at http://www.phila.gov/opa as mentioned below. Make sure the Owner of Record's name appears on the lease. Make sure the rental payments are made payable to that owner.

If the lease is between yourself and another person or company named as "Landlord" in the lease (not the Owner of Record), obviously you would want to verify that the person named in the lease is authorized to lease this property. If it is a licensed real estate brokerage or property management company, then you should have no worries. If not, then ask to see the property management agreement and verify that with the Owner of Record. Always better safe than sorry. There are some rental fraud scams out there.

All the best,
Larry Lichtman
REALTOR, Property Manager
Your Real Estate Resource For Life
Cell/Text: (267) 254-7994
Web Reference:  http://www.DJCRE.com
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John Szymans…, Agent, Philadelphia, PA
Fri Dec 9, 2011
Dear Peachez4673:
The recorder of deeds office in City hall has the most current owner of record for a property( be careful as this information maybe not up to date). However, the owner of record could have died or become incapable of signing a contract because of age, illness,or other issues. To insure that you are signing with the proper owner or their representative, you should consider contacting a reputable real estate agent to help you with this matter. Typically for a reasonable fee, an agent can research the property information and verify that the person renting the property is legally capable of entering into a rental agreement. Be careful of fraudent landlords who do not have the legal capacity to enter into a rental agreement or lease. Best wishes, John Szymanski 215-888-3162 (cell)
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Laura Cana, Agent, Philadelphia, PA
Tue Nov 22, 2011
It must be a phone number or an agent can provide for you , if you going to rent the property.
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Michael N., Other Pro, Bucks, AL
Mon Nov 21, 2011
To check the owner of a property in Philadelphia you can visit http://opa.phila.gov/opa.apps/Search/Disclaimer/disclaimer.a…

If the property is in Philly then ask for the Housing Inspection License from the City of Philadelphia Department of Licenses & Inspections.
Web Reference:  http://www.cmtrealestate.net
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Sheri Curci, Agent, Newtown, PA
Mon Nov 21, 2011
Hello Peachez,

If you dont have access to Public Records then feel free to call us and we can assist you.

Happy Thanks Giving, John Curci RE/MAX

Web Reference:  http://www.homecatch.com
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Scott Godzyk, Agent, Manchester, NH
Mon Nov 21, 2011
You need to ask teh person renting it if tehy are the owner, if not if they are a licensed agent. In this day and age of scams it is perfectly acceptable for you to ask for proof of ownership or a copy of their re license. Youc an check with the tax collector or assessors office who the owner is.
Web Reference:  http://www.ScottSellsNH.com
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Philip J. Cu…, Agent, Feasterville, PA
Mon Nov 21, 2011
I would recommend that you should be asking for that information from the person your renting from, ie: Who owns this property? And if in Philadelphia ask for Home Inspection Licenses better known as a Rental License

Philip J. Cunningham Sr.
V.I.P. Realty Corp
7942 Bustleton Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19152
Web Reference:  http://www.GreatPaRE.com
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Anna M Brocco, Agent, Williston Park, NY
Mon Nov 21, 2011
You can check local public records, tax records, ask any agent offline...
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