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Fri May 6, 2016
Kary Krismer answered:
Unfortunately they can happen on any Internet site, but beware of any deal that seems too good. Also, don't deal with anyone who cannot show you the property in person. I believe both Trulia and Craigslist have other tips on avoiding scams.

One other thing--do an Internet search on the site. If the pictures are the same as on a for sale listing then the rental is almost certainly a scam.
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Fri Mar 13, 2015
RAB answered:
The scary thing about these scams - they do collect your email address to send you a "questionnaire" to the unsuspected person they may fill this out. I sent Truila customer service an email stating I was going to get JESSIE! The thing is, they say they work out of State, and will be gone for years at a time working as doctors/missionaries etc., but questions are scary because they ask for your full name and full current address, if you work late, work away from the house, what kind of car you drive, a photo of you/family. Ummm sounds like they're trying to rob you when your away from the current home you live in or while you are present!!!! Renters do not fill these out! ... more
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Wed Feb 11, 2015
Dan Tabit answered:
Jane,
Trulia does not charge a fee to submit rental listings, so they have no budget to review and approve them. If they pretended they did, they could also be liable for people who still get scammed. What Trulia does do is post a warning on the rental page and I have a link to it below.
What I have found helpful is to put the listing address into a search engine and see how it appears on other sites. If it's for rent here and for sale everywhere else, it's probably a scam. If they want you to send money for keys, it's probably a scam. If the owner is in Nigeria, doing charity work, its probably a scam.
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Wed Feb 11, 2015
Jane Schaffer answered:
the scammers are out enforce. Trulia more than Zillow You can tell by their email address, grammer and lack of phone number in some cases. I wish Trulia would do something about it Jane ... more
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Fri Dec 26, 2014
Ernie Behrle answered:
Scroll down to the bottom of any page and you should see a Visit our Help Desk comment on the right side. Write or call them with the complaint. This seems to be getting out of hand lately. ... more
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Sun Dec 14, 2014
Anna M Brocco answered:
Be aware that scams do exist; be mindful that such web sites are third party sites, so the information is fed by various sources, therefore data is not really verified. If you choose not to work with an agent of your own always verify ownership before exchanging any money/personal information--make certain they are who they claim to be. Never wire any money, if it sounds too good to be true, it is. For scam related information see link.
http://www.consumer.ftc.gov/articles/0079-rental-listing-scams
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Tue Nov 4, 2014
Cindy Humphrey answered:
Hi Kelly,

I highly recommend that you seek out and plug into your local "Landlord Association" which most states and large cities offer. The annual fees are quite reasonable and you glean the most useful information by attending the meetings. Questions get answered by other people who are members and have more experience and new landlord tenant laws are reviewed to keep you educated and informed. Google should be able to find the Landlord Association for your state and city.
That said... my best advice is don't rent to anyone that does not pass your criteria. A bad renter is worse than no renter in the whole scheme of things.
Best Regards, Cindy Humphrey - Realtor, Licensed Property Manager, Helena, MT
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Mon Aug 4, 2014
Jeremy Vallery-Watson answered:
Kelly,

Have you thought about purchasing a home instead of renting? While it is a popular question from us agents, it is asked to potentially help make your situation more like you want it. Since you have been having trouble with the larger companies, owning your home would give you more flexibility and allows you to pay your own mortgage instead of theirs.

If you would like some more information, with no obligation, please email or call and we can have a chat. If we decide buying is not for you, I could put my resources to work and help you find the perfect rental property instead.

Hope this helped.
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Thu May 29, 2014
Andrew Lewis answered:
As mentioned before, it would all depend on what the landlord allows in terms of your pet. Always check to make sure your species/breed is allowed and typically a landlord will conduct a brief ''interview'' with your pet to check their temperament. ... more
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Thu May 15, 2014
Keith Jean-Pierre answered:
I would suggest you try the regular rental sites:

http://www.craigslist.com
http://www.apartments.com
http://www.trulia.com (Rentals Section)
http://www.zillow.com (Rentals Section)
http://www.realtor.com (Rentals Section)

Between all of those, you will get a very clear picture if you can find what you are looking for. Good luck!
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Sun May 11, 2014
Mia asked:
garage and fenced yard is a bonus if possible. I have to move my parents asap, they were suppose to move by the end of april, but the landlord is really amazing and such a nice man that…
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Sat May 10, 2014
Robertcgs answered:
The eviction isn't so much of a problem. I have a duplex in Orting (just east of SouthHill Puyallup). 3 Bed, 2.5 Ba for 1300.00. As long as you have verifiable work income of 2.5 - 3 times the rent, no recent evictions these are the major concerns.

You can search for 3 Bed duplex in Orting or call me at 253 279-8222. rRobert
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