As Scams Have Become More Common Place In The Rental World, 8z Rentals Has Some Advice On How To Spot And Avoid Them.

1. If It Seems Too Good To Be True, Then It Probably Is!

Rental Prices In Boulder Don’t Fluxuate A Great Deal Even In The Slower Seasons. So While You Think That Maybe $1,000/ Month Is A Deal For A 4 Bedroom In The Winter, It Is EXTREMELY Uncommon. Check Out Other 4 Bedroom Homes/Apartments In The Town You’re Looking In And Compare, If Nothing Comes Close To That Price Then It May Not Be Real.

2. International Owners

A Recent Trend In Rental Scams Is For Owners Of Properties To Be Out Of The Country. Typically If An Owner Is Not In The Country They Will Hire A Friend Or A Company (Like Us!) To Rent Their House. If They Provide A Phone Number That Is International, Ask Them To Give You A Call. (Most People Internationally Have An International Phone Plan).

3. Showing Do’s & Dont’s
If An Owner Says To Stop By The House Because They Can’t Meet You There, DON’T DO IT!!! You Will Terrify The Tenants, There Could Be Hazards At The Property (Angry Dogs) And You Don’t Know Who Lives There, It’s Just Not Safe.

Only Go To A Showing If You Are Going To Meet Someone There, Know Their Name & Have A Contact Phone Number To Reach Them Directly. If There Is A Sign Out Front For A Company, Check Out Their Website To See If It Is In Fact For Rent & If You Have The Right Price. It’s Better To Be Safe.

3. Personal Information

Never Give Anyone Personal Information Through E-mail. If You Get An E-Mail With A List Of Questions, Don’t Answer Them. Call Them Directly Or Ask Them To Call You And Say You Will Provide It Over The Phone. Never Give Out Your Personal Information Until After You Have Met An Actual Person At The Property & Walked Through The Property.

4. Security Deposits

You Would’t Put A Down Payment On A Car Without Test Driving It Would You? Then Don’t Write A Security Deposit Check Without Walking Through A Home. If You Are Out Of State And Want To Secure It, Have A Friend You Trust Walk Through The Property To Check It Out Or Call 8z Rentals And We Can Check It Out For You.

5. Sob Stories

There Are A Few Avenues Scammers Will Take And All Are Aimed To Make You Feel Like You Have To Rent Their Home To Help Them. If An Owner Tells You They’re On Sabatical Or Volunteering Over Seas, Chances Are They Are Not. If They Were, Why Would They Tell You First? Owner’s Don’t Put Their Personal Situations In Rental Ads It’s Irrelevant To The Property And They’re Trying To Market Their Home, Not Sympathy.

6. For Owner’s

Never Place The Exact Address Of Your Home On The Ad. Scammers Take The Address, Copy Your Photos & Make A Duplicate Ad At A Lower Price. Put The Closest Cross Streets To Your Home Online And Watermark Your Photos If Possible To Prevent Them From Being Stolen.

Another Precaution Is To Put Your Address On A Google Alert So If Your Home Address Shows Up Anywhere You Will Be Notified Immediately And Can Stop A Scam In Its Place.

If You Spot A Property That Might Be A Scam, Send It Over To Us And We’ll Check It Out. We’re Here To Help You And Put A Stop To Scams.Image

Posted by: 8zrentals on January 29, 2013
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