How to Avoid Rental Scams

computerThe fundamentals of a scam have not changed over the years. Sell a “stellar” product at an unbeatable price, then split before a client realizes the product is anything but impressive. Unfortunately, the con artist philosophy is not limited to phones, watches and handbags.

The age-old ploy has made its way to the rental market. While it can come in several variations, it will generally follow the same recipe: a fraudster finds a property, lists it online and poses as the owner to communicate with potential renters for a cash deposit.

In order to avoid this scam, the best thing to do is familiarize yourself with the ins and outs. It is important to never let your guard down and avoid the common red flags. For instance, if you are asked to send money without having met anyone or seen the place in person. Too many upfront fees, an unusually high security deposit and a landlord that does not seem interested in tenant screening are usually situations that could imply a scam.

Try to be savvy when you are in search of a long term rental in Destin, Fort Walton, Crestview or the surrounding areas and look to a company, like Southern with an unbeatable reputation. For more information on our available properties, contact our Gulf Coast property managers at 1.877.342.1605.

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