How to determine a legitimate rental property in good status?

Asked by salinawilcox, Alpharetta, GA Sun Feb 5, 2012

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Anna M Brocco, Agent, Williston Park, NY
Sun Feb 5, 2012
Always verify ownership before exchanging any money, check local public records/tax records; thereafter ask for some forms of identification; see link below for helpful information.
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Scott Godzyk, Agent, Manchester, NH
Sun Feb 5, 2012
Working with a licensed agent who specilaizes in rentals can head off scams. Avoid sites known for scams, check owners names through teh tax casrd with the town and check foreclosure lists. Never rent a house sight unseen, do not mail money or wire it. Do not deal with anyone overseas. Good luck and if it sounds too good to be true, it probabily is
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Solomon Gree…, Agent, Duluth, GA
Sun Feb 5, 2012
Hi Salina

You might try searching the owner's name or address at for any recent foreclosure notices. Please note, however, that the owner may have brought the delinquency current, but it's worth a try. Also, you might try Googling the owner's name or address for any thing of concern.

As you may know, individuals here have been attempting to act as owners and collect deposits for the rental of properties that they don't own. Ask the landlord for an ID and then check the county tax assessor's office online to be sure that your contact is the same name that appears on file there before handing over any security deposits and take any disconnects discovered in your research very seriously. A real landlord would appreciate your conducting due diligence.

That's certainly not an all inclusive list, but these are steps that you can take on your own.

Good luck
Solomon Greene
REALTOR® Keller Williams Realty Atlanta Partners
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