Craig's List: Has Someone Posted Your Listing For Rent Without Your Permission?

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This just happened to my sister and brother-in-law in Baton Rouge, LA and I thought it would be timely to share with you.

Their house has been on the market for about a year and the price happens to fall in that "in between" price range where houses just aren't selling very fast at all.  You know the range...not inexpensive enough to appeal to the bargain hunters and not expensive enough to appeal to the high-end house hunters.

Anyway, their real estate agent notified them yesterday that she had seen their house listed for lease, complete with pictures showing the house vacant, on Craig's List.  The agent then notified Craig's List and they removed the fraudulent post.  In speaking with the agent, I learned that the pictures used on the Craig's List post looked like they were taken with a phone...which brings to light two possibilities:  1) one of the buyer's agents took pictures during a showing or 2) one of the buyers themselves wasn't really a buyer and took pictures.

I post this only to make you aware that this happens and I hope it doesn't happen to you.  The rest of the story is posted on my blog at  Check it out and I hope you have found this helpful:)

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Faith LaRosse
Springer Realty Group - Limerick, PA
Serving Berks, Chester & Montgomery Counties

I've heard of this very thing happening in my area, as well.

Jun 22, 2011 08:15 AM #1
Lisa Von Domek
Lisa Von Domek Team - Dallas, TX
....Experience Isn't Expensive.... It's Priceless!

Thank you for your post many stories of things listed on Craig's list and other sites that owners are unaware of.  Too many scams to keep track of, everyone needs to be vigilant!

Jun 22, 2011 08:15 AM #2
Sidney Kutchuk
Property Management & Sales at REALTY WORKS TEMECULA, CA 92590 (951) 217-6745 - Temecula, CA
Property Management & Sales Experts 951-217-6745

This is happing to me all the time.

The ads are so out of line as far as pricing goes.

Jun 22, 2011 08:17 AM #3
Mark Boyd
MarQeteer - Lancaster, PA

Faith, Lisa and Cyber Sid, I'm sorry that you have to deal with this as professionals.  I hope it hasn't cost you much time or any business.  It's just unbelievable that people would do this:(



Jun 22, 2011 08:20 AM #4
Jayne Esposito
Coldwell Banker - Morgan Hill, CA

Mark, Something similar happened to me with my own house in Boise.  I had it listed for sale through my brokerage, but we decided to keep the house as an investment and found a tenant right away.  A month after we relocated to California, the receptionist from my Boise brokerage called me and said, "Something funny is going on!  I keep getting calls from agents asking if it's possible that we actually have a rental listing for a large house on a golf course for only $600!  Also, they want to know why prospective tenants have to mail in a $1000 downpayment!"  I was speechless because the culprit used MY name and my former office's contact information.  I don't know how, but my husband was able to track this guy down, who, by the way, was living in England.  My husband called him up, screamed at him, scared the crap out of him and called Craigslist to notify them.  It never happened again!!!

Jun 22, 2011 08:28 AM #5
Pacita Dimacali
Alain Pinel - Oakland, CA
Alameda/Contra Costa Counties CA

This happens all the time --- and for YEARS --- and not just from Craigslist. People will take it off Yahoo, Google, and anywhere else they can copy pictures and info about your listing.

On craigslist, they provide a guide on how to avoid scammers. But they can't prevent nor are they responsible for the stupidity of people who agree to rent a place sight unseen, and who send their money to people without verifying ownership

I've had people call me --- to ask about the properties. At least they were smart enough to drive by the property, see my sign, and call me.


Jun 22, 2011 08:38 AM #6
Susan Haughton
Long and Foster REALTORS (703) 470-4545 - Alexandria, VA
Susan & Mindy Team...Honesty. Integrity. Results.

I had a foreclosure listing actually RENTED through Craigslist...went to check on the house and there were people living there.  Sadly, the scam artist took their cash deposit and ran.  They had to move out, of course, all the poorer for the experience. 

Jun 25, 2011 02:56 PM #7
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