Renter asks for rent+deposit since he's now out of state... fishy?
I'll try to keep it short...
I was sent pictures & told I could drive by the house to take a look but that he moved out of state so is not there to show me.
Because of that, he's asking that I send the rent & deposit, *then* he will send the keys and lease paperwork... this alone seems odd but to add:
I did drive by the house and there was a man in the backyard. Granted, this house has two addresses on the front, so it could make sense, but the fact that it wasn't mentioned beforehand seems a little odd to me.
He said he's open for suggestions since I expressed my concerns so my question is, do you think that's is too fishy or do you have any other suggestions?
- Beverly SLv 73 weeks ago
Sounds like a scam...
- zipperLv 63 weeks ago
SOUNDS like a possible scam operation. Run the other way, NOW!
- 3 weeks ago
Very much a scam.
- R PLv 73 weeks ago
I stopped reading when you said the so-called landlord wants the money before sending you a lease.
That person does not own the property and is attempting to SCAM you out of your money. You were wise to question the situation.
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- Anonymous3 weeks ago
Run away from this one as fast as possible. Find a place that you can actually view & decide if you want to rent there.
- sunshine_melLv 73 weeks ago
Don't ever rent a property without viewing it in person.
Wait until he's back. And ask in the meantime for a copy of the lease to review.
- JudyLv 73 weeks ago
Find somewhere else to rent, forget about this one.
- babyboomer1001Lv 73 weeks ago
People do own homes in other states than which they live and people have more than one home and spend time at each. If you don't know how to look up the owner, go and knock on the door. Ask the person who answers if he owns it, is renting - enough to determine whether the ad is legit.
- ArimatthewdaviesLv 73 weeks ago
Friend I'll be quite honest here I would never ever enter a rental agreement through the mail. You can politely tell the person that's the landlord that you will do a rental agreement through a local representative or a lawyer but you don't do rental agreements through the mail.
- SSP Bowl DudeLv 73 weeks ago
That's an old scam.