Thursday, May 31, 2012

Rent 1 sale 1 rental scam

One of the biggest rental Craigslist scams going are those realty companies who post all of the single family house rental ads. A few of them offer free services to renters. Others are vague about  what they charge. Rent one charges a $2000 fee for helping you find a rental.  They don't say this in any of these ads. I spent two days looking for properties with them and when I found something the sat me down and pulled a contract they typed up and told me their charge was $1950.00 and I had to pay the first and last month's rent in addition to their fees which was a total of $3950 when they were done and that was it. I told them no and chewed them out for wasting two days of my time and lying about how their program operated. I was so pissed off that I contacted the real estate board about the three agents involved, one being the manager.  They told me there was no up front charges to move in.  I got an apology 3 weeks later with a letter from the real estate housing supervisor.  The board made them send me a letter that they wrote apologizing then they sent it to them then the board sent it to me with their investigation results.  I sent them a letter back and ask them if they owned Rent 1.  They were supposed to suspend their license, at least the 3 agents involved.  They pull this crap all the time.

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