- In an emergency. Never rent sight unseen. If you’re out of town send someone you know to look at the unit.
- Verify the name, address, phone number, fax number, address and website of potential landlords and property owners.
- Remember if a unit is legitimately for rent you are allowed to enter to have a look around.
- Never set up auto deposits or send deposits through the mail without verifying the unit is for rent.
- Request a signed contract and get everything in writing.
- Try and avoid Craigslist and instead rely on professional listing services like Rent.com, Apartments.com, ForRent.com,ApartmentGuide.com and MOVE.com
- Many buildings will have leasing agents on site that can email you information on the property, including photos and videos.
If you fall victim to a scam, either as a renter or landlord, please report the incident to the District Attorney's Real Estate Fraud hotline at 619-531-3552.