–Rental Scam Tips

excerpts from Apartments.com


You may be concerned about rental scams. Once you know what to look for, these types of ads are easy to spot. Here are a few red flags:

  • It’s too good to be true. You see a gorgeous house in your desired neighborhood and the rent is a fraction of all of the other rental homes in the area. Not slightly less, but significantly less. If the average rent for homes in that neighborhood ranges anywhere from $1,000-$1,500 and you see a house for $600, it might not be as great a deal as you think.
  • The landlord claims he can’t show you the property in person. If a landlord claims he is out of the country or makes up some wild story about why he can’t meet you at the house for a tour of the property, that’s a warning sign.
  • You feel as though you are being rushed or pushed into “renting” the property. A legitimate landlord will take time to screen you, do a background check, and meet you in person. You will be living in a house they’ve invested money in and they want to make sure you’ll take care of the property, pay rent on time, and generally be a great tenant. If the landlord doesn’t ask any questions, doesn’t want to run a check on you, and doesn’t even want to meet you, it’s probably best to walk away from this potential scam.
  • They ask you to wire money or hand over cash. If you haven’t even seen the rental property and they are telling you they need cash up front to hold the property, or they want you to wire money to them because they are “out of the country,” it’s likely a scam.