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davidwattsba…, Renter in New York, NY

RE: rentals. I'm seeing listings for large apartments in desirable neighborhoods - Chelsea, SoHo, East Village – for very low rents.

Asked by davidwattsbarton, New York, NY Mon Sep 24, 2012

What's this about I guess what I'm wondering is, are these scams? $700 for a 900 square foot apartment in SoHo is virtually impossible. What gives? Makes me wonder how well Trulia polices its listings.

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John Peitler’s answer
I have nice apartments in those areas but they are over $1000. If you would like to see them, please call me. My name is Rhea and I can be reached at 347-500-2479. Thank you and good luck.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Sep 26, 2012
I have the best Chelsea/East Village deals around
Please contact me
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sun Aug 18, 2013
you really need to work with an agent on this. Call me @ 917-608-9349.

Ella Chavers
Prudential Douglas Elliman
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Sep 25, 2012
Beware! When you can't rent a studio for less than $1500 in most parts of Manhattan (and you can't), there would be no reason for landlord who was willing to part with a 900sf 1br for half that price (even if there was one out there!) to even post it on Trulia. It's possible there was a mis-typing when the listing was entered but in any case the unit likely doesn't exist.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Sep 24, 2012
I would approach with caution. If it;s to good to be true, well you know. These are the most desirable areas in the city. This is definitely a scam. Those areas are my territory. feel free to contact me any time.

Your apartment specialist,
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Sep 24, 2012
Keep in mind that while for sale by owner posts are not allowed on the site, for rent by owner posts are; therefore some of the properties may not be listed by a broker, and could very well be scams. For scam related information see link
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Sep 24, 2012
Yes, most likely they ARE scams.

If it seems too good to be isn't true!

If you are told some weird story about why the supposed owner can't meet you at the property (they are out of state, disabled, in the army..etc etc........ they can be creative)......if you get that kind of story, and they ask you to send money via Western Union, run in the opposite direction.

Craigslist, in particular, is full of those scammer ads
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Sep 24, 2012
Thanks, Debra. I appreciate that. Lots to wade through...
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