So you found a home to rent...finally.
The owner is not in the same town but trusts you enough to give you a combination to get the keys.
You go in and it is a great place.
Call the owner and he says he will send the contract, sign it and send the check.
A few days later...You find that You have been duped. You were scammed. The person renting the home out is NOT the owner.
This is a growing problem.
So how do you protect yourself from someone like this?
First off, not many owners of a home will give just anyone the keys to their house. That is the first RED flag.
A cheap price in a hot market is also a RED flag.
If you are working with a owner, that lives in a different town, ask for the name and address and then call the county and ask for that information. If it is different... RED FLAG! RUN!!!
If you are meeting the owner at the home ask for proof of owner ship. A tax invoice is one way. Take the copy and ask for the owner to tell you the pertinent info on it...name address where the tax invoice is sent to. Ask for a drivers license for proof of who they are.
If you get any resistence...RED FLAG!!!!!
RUN as fast as you can!!!!!!