I am interested in renting 9 Park Dr, Atherton, CA 94027 how do I contact the person renting the property if they do not include contact information.

Asked by oscar.guzman64, 94063 Wed Oct 9, 2013

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Matt Skrabo, Agent, Palo Alto, CA
Thu Oct 10, 2013
Hi Oscar,

I haven't heard from you, but below I've provided the link to the owners posting and contact info.

http://sfbay.craigslist.org/pen/apa/4112804422.html

Hope this is helpful!

Best regards,
Matt Skrabo
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Steven Ornel…, Agent, Fremont, CA
Thu Oct 10, 2013
Hi Oscar,

It seems strange an owner would not provide their/Property Manager's contact info if they intended to rent a property - agreed?

Quite frankly, the trajectory of rental fraud via online postings has increased during 2013. You have to be careful; many would-be Renters have provided deposits only to find the person who placed the ad did not even own the property and their deposit has vanished.

In any case, Trulia now states "This property is no longer active" for 9 Park Dr.
http://www.trulia.com/rental/3134067259-9-Park-Dr-Atherton-C…

If you find yourself interested in a property where the owner/Landlord cannot meet in person I have a few suggestions before you provide a deposit and any confidential information:

a) See if you can find the property using the “owners” name at http://www.blockshopper.com

b) Until the adoption of California Government Code Section 6254.21; which, blocks all state and local agencies from providing home address (and other information) of an "elected or appointed official" you could easily check the County’s online public tax records to confirm a property's ownership. However, at the very least, you can obtain information on a property an owner should know if you want to toss a few vetting questions to test the credibility of the "owner". Yes, the scammers have access to the same database, so do not drop your guard.

c) Drive by the property for clues regarding the property’s habitation.

d) Contact a Realtor® and ask if they can confirm any recent transaction history by the "owner".

e) If you do meet the "owner" in person ask to "take a quick peek" at their Driver's License to confirm identity; although, if they are a "Scammer" they might have a fake one! Therefore, multiple forms of ID should be obtained if at all possible.

f) Ask “a Realtor® friend” to research whether a Notice of Default or Trustee Sale has been recorded, which would indicate the owner may lose, or has lost, the property to foreclosure. Regarding this last point see, you would have some protections via:

CA's "Protecting Tenants at Foreclosure Act" - need to know info!
http://tinyurl.com/auwnnfe

These links might also prove useful:
http://docs.Steven-Anthony.com/Landlord-TenantGuideCA2010.pdf
http://www.nolo.com/legal-encyclopedia/renters-rights

Finally, and most importantly, stay safe (always bring a friend if you can) and don't let the need for finding a rental overpower your gut intuition!

Best of luck with your search and subsequent move.

-Steve
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Matt Skrabo, Agent, Palo Alto, CA
Wed Oct 9, 2013
Hi Oscar,

Please send me an email and I'll provide you with the owners contact information: matt@mattskrabo.com.

Best regards,
Matt Skrabo
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