An increasingly common scam involves crooks posing as landlords for property they don’t own, taking a deposit from hopeful would-be tenants and then disappearing into the night with the money.
The Associated Press reports that Adam Christianson, sheriff of Stanislaus County, says “What you have is primarily young, unsuspecting victims who truly believe they’re entering into a legitimate rental agreement. Before you know it, the real [property manager] shows up and says `Why are you here?’ Then they’re out on the street, and also out the money for first and last month’s rent and deposit.”
One of the best way’s to avoid being scammed is to use a rental agent.
Rental hunting can be very daunting for some potential renters. Often the variety of options available to these renters is a source of overwhelming frustration for the renters. With so many appealing options it can be difficult to choose just one. However, there are some tips which can help to ease the process of apartment hunting. The process of finding the perfect apartment can be broken down into three simple steps.
- The first step is to set a budget.
- Talk to an agent who will research all available options.
- Your agent can help you comparison shop to determine which option is the best.
Did you know that a rental agent costs the renter nothing? Learn more about rental agents.For more information or to set up an appointment call Stuart at (703)765-0300.