Rental Scams - Tenant Beware

Real Estate Broker/Owner with House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 DRE# ER40011786

 Rental Scams - Tenant Beware



CraigslistThere have been many listings on Denver's Craigslist lately that are rental scams.      These ads will advertise a great looking home, and usually resembles a GREAT deal.      These "owners" will break into vacant homes currently LISTED FOR SALE, meet you at the home, sign a lease and take your rental deposit as well as the first month of rent.


There are Denver landlords leasing properties that are in foreclosure, and know they will be pocketing any rental dollars they can bring in!    I had one family that signed a lease, and in three months got a letter from an attorney stating they will need to evict, as the home was going to sale.     Those landlords NEVER paid their house payments after signing that lease with this unknowing family of 4!


Before you sign a lease, either do some research on the property to BE SURE you are dealing with the owner, or call a Realtor and have them check for you.   


If you are tired of renting --- tired of rental scams --- maybe it is time to BUY A PROPERTY!    There is a good chance your mortgage payment will be lower than a rental payment!   For more information on purchasing a Denver metro home, please call me.


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Joan Cox
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Comments (60)

Morgan Evans
Douglas Elliman Real Estate - Manhattan, NY

Definitely an important announcement to be careful that in every type of market there will be scams to take advantage of unsuspecting people.

Apr 29, 2013 10:10 PM
Mark Delgado
houses for rent, Solano County & Glen Cove - Benicia, CA
Benicia and Vallejo, Property Management, rental h
All the more reason to work with a reputable company when renting a home. Even if the honest owner gets into financial trouble we can help both parties to navigate through the situation so that no one is locked out by a sheriff.
Apr 29, 2013 10:34 PM
Barbara-Jo Roberts Berberi, MA, PSA, TRC - Greater Clearwater Florida Residential Real Estate Professional
Charles Rutenberg Realty - Clearwater, FL
Palm Harbor, Dunedin, Clearwater, Safety Harbor

Craigslist is one site I no longer use due to all of the scams and spam.

Apr 29, 2013 10:39 PM
Clint Mckie
Desert Sun Home, commercial Inspections - Carlsbad, NM
Desert Sun Home, Comm. Inspection 1-575-706-5586

Hi Joan,

I have been told about these types of things on Craig's list. There has been people who want me to advertise on Craig's list. But I don't want any thing bad to happen so I have not even considered it as of to date.

All of this stuff is bad for everyone. Thanks for spreading the news.

Have a great day in the Denver area.

Best, Clint McKie

Apr 29, 2013 11:04 PM
Charita Cadenhead
eXp Realty - Birmingham, AL
Serving Jefferson and Shelby Counties (Alabama)

It's a shame that Craigslist is a hotbed for all kinds of scams.

Apr 29, 2013 11:05 PM
Jill Sackler
Charles Rutenberg Realty Inc. 516-575-7500 - Long Beach, NY
LI South Shore Real Estate - Broker Associate

This happens so often in New York, I had completely given up on the site until recently, when I tried it again.

Apr 29, 2013 11:29 PM
Toni Weidman
Sailwinds Realty - Trinity, FL
20+ Years Selling Homes in New Port Richey, FL

There are so many scammers out there, Joan. I guess it's part of our society these days. I wonder why these folks can't thing up something good  to do instead.

Apr 29, 2013 11:37 PM
Franklin & Brentwood, TN Homes Mike Nastri
Keller Williams Realty - Franklin, TN
It matters to us as much as it matters to you.

Joan, it is so important that renters read this, hope you don't mind a repost or two.  Thanks for the post.

Apr 29, 2013 11:39 PM
Susan Ani
Baird & Warner - Chicago, IL

The rental scams are everywhere. I recently had a house listed for sale, and got a call from a man who saw it on CraigsList for rent at a ridiculously low price. He answered the ad and became suspicious, did some more online research and found my name and phone # as the agent of record. I told him point blank that he was being scammed. Lucky for him, he never handed any money over to the scammer. I found the bogus ad myself easily. The crook had even stolen my exact words to describe the property. (of course he did. why would he be creative???) Yes, my office staffers reported the scam to CraigsList and it was removed asap.

Apr 29, 2013 11:57 PM
Terry McCarley
Coastal Real Estate - Cape Coral FL - Cape Coral, FL

Great advice for renters!  This is a major problem in Florida and I have met several people that fell for the scams on craigslist.

Apr 30, 2013 12:16 AM
Lyn Sims
Schaumburg, IL
Real Estate Agent Retired

Every spring we go thru this when so many people are looking to change housing.  It's really a shame & the unsuspecting are getting scammed out of their hard earned money.  Many cannot afford to move again because basically they just got there!  That's why I would never rent from a blind ad.

Apr 30, 2013 12:34 AM
Helen and Larry Prier- Re-Max Gateway - Residential Real Estate
RE-MAX Gateway- Residential Real Estate Sales - Anacortes, WA
Anacortes & surrounding Skagit & Island Counties

I use Craigslist very effectively but we can't stop scammers trying their luck. This is a new one on me. This is a warning for all potential renters.

Apr 30, 2013 02:00 AM
Suzanne Taylor
Ultima Real Estate - Corpus Christi - Corpus Christi, TX
Home Sales In Corpus Christi, TX

I tell the potential renters they have to know who they are giving their money to, ask to check the driver's license of the person showing the home and check with your friendly REALTOR and make sure they are the owner of the property.  Or better yet, use your real estate agent!!!

Apr 30, 2013 03:05 AM
Travis "the SOLD man" Parker; Broker/Owner
Travis Realty - Enterprise, AL
email: / cell: 334-494-7846

I just had someone who emailed me to verify whether a rental was real or scam. So the public is more aware now!

Apr 30, 2013 03:34 AM
Theresa Akin

A friend of mine had a listing that ended up on Craigslist for lease (a scam). The potential tenant called me about it and yes already too late had sent a deposit to the "owner" just that morning. Luckily, though she wired through Western Union. They did get the guy because he had done it often and they had it on video.  Not often does that happen. These devils are always coming up with something. Took the potential tenant 6 months to get her money back. She thought she could get it from the real owner since he was living in the house.

Apr 30, 2013 05:24 AM
Bob Miller
Keller Williams Cornerstone Realty - Ocala, FL
The Ocala Dream Team

Hi Joan, there was an example of that here just recently.  Fortunately they caught the crook.

Apr 30, 2013 06:27 AM
Kimo Jarrett
Cyber Properties - Huntington Beach, CA
Pro Lifestyle Solutions

There are evil people in every society regardless of what tool they use. With tools for renters readily available to research almost anybody or subject, getting scammed shouldn't be a challenge, yet incidents like you reported occurs everyday, doesn't it?

Apr 30, 2013 06:44 AM
Sharon Parisi
United Real Estate Dallas - Dallas, TX
Dallas Homes

I have heard about this happening.  Fortunately, it has not happened to any clients in Dallas.  It sounds like all potential tenants need Realtors to double check the loan status of the property they are interested in leasing.

Apr 30, 2013 08:42 AM
Marte Cliff
Marte Cliff Copywriting - Priest River, ID
Your real estate writer

I guess there always have been and always will be crooks out looking for that easy dollar. It's too bad about Craig's List - it could be such a handy tool.

Apr 30, 2013 06:02 PM
Des & Spiro Kouridakis
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices CA Properties - Yorba Linda, CA
- North Orange County Experts

Unfortunately this happens in California too.  Desperate people are capable of anything.  Shame on them.

Oct 19, 2013 12:32 PM