Leasing Agreement Prior Viewing

Asked by Unspecified, San Francisco, CA Fri Nov 15, 2013

Is it common for landlords/property managers to require a leasing agreement, security deposit, and first month's rent deposited in their bank account before we can even view the apartment? I've never run into a situation like this before and want to make sure it's not a scam.

Usually we are allowed to see the apartment before we sign any contracts or make any deposits, but this landlord/property manager requires us to make a deposit and sign an agreement before we can even see the apartment.

Is that common? Does it happen often? Or is it not usually supposed to happen?

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Par Hanji, Agent, San Francisco, CA
Fri Nov 15, 2013
Never - report this scam because it surely is. Just bring a copy of your credit report (recent) to avoid paying a fee.
2 votes
LDM, Home Buyer, San Francisco, CA
Fri Nov 15, 2013
It is surely a scam. I've heard about ppl needing to do the credit report/$50 fee (which I think is ridiculous), but the whole shebang, before you've even laid eyes on the place? NO WAY.
2 votes
Walter 'Skip'…, Agent, Brea, CA
Fri Nov 15, 2013
No it is not common. My guess is that it is a scam.
Good luck,
1 vote
Trevolyn Hai…, Agent, Highland, CA
Fri Nov 15, 2013
That sounds very shady.

I can see that they want an application prior to showing if it is currently occupied (so they can limit the viewings to serious & qualified candidates) but I wouldn't recommend giving them any cash or signing a lease prior to even checking out the property.
1 vote
sadfr, , 94110
Sun Nov 17, 2013
it sounds like a scam,was it an ad on craigslist,report it to the cops
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Gabriel Rojas, Agent, San Francisco, CA
Sun Nov 17, 2013
This is not common. It does not happen often. This is not a common practice and I would walk away now and, whatever you do, do not send money, etc. to this person.

Good luck on your search!

Gabriel
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