Joint Base Charleston Real Estate

Tips for Avoiding Rental Scams

April 16th, 2013 12:57 PM by

Joint Base Charleston
– Avoiding Rental Scams

As we all know, internet fraud is everywhere now and the rental industry is no exception. So before you begin your search for your next Joint Base Charleston rental home, please be aware that there are dishonest people out there, posing as property managers and/or owners, just to make a quick buck. Such scams are common on sites like Craigslist, Zillow, and Hotpads – but basically any popular rental site is a potential target. Military Homes Charleston wants to help you identify these scams so you can avoid becoming a victim.


How it works…..the person will pose as the owner of a
Charleston property and will try to get your personal information and/or money. They will take your money and/or use your personal information to commit identity theft. This scam is almost always via email, but sometimes happens in person. They sometimes will place false ads for Charleston homes at extremely low rent prices. Sometimes the home is for Rent with an actual Real Estate agent, who is unaware their listing has been ‘cloned’, and other times the home is not even available at all and the home owner is not aware until ‘renters’ begin showing up at their door expecting to move in.

Red Flags:

  • Very cheap rent for the type of property and size of the house
  • The “landlord” refuses to talk to you on the phone
  • You are unable to see the inside of the home
  • They ask for an application or deposit before showing you the property
  • The property appears on a different site for more money with different contact information
  • Emails that are filled with spelling and grammatical errors are usually a sign of fraud
  • The “name” they give you does not match the “name” in the email address


Tips to Avoid the SCAM:

  • Remember what your mama told you?? “If it sounds too good to be true…..” Well – KEEP THIS IN MIND! Odds are that you are not going to find a fabulous 5 Bedroom/3 Bath, close to Joint Base Charleston, for $900/Month… If you have done your research, you will immediately suspect deals that are too good to be true.
  • Check the internet for the name of the property manager, or check public records to find out who owns the property
  • Don’t send any money to someone you have not verified. Do not send any money via Western Union or any other similar service.
  • Always deal locally and in person
  • Research online for that property’s address and see if you find multiple listings with different information.
  • Do not rent a property until you have seen it! Remember - under no circumstances should you be required to pay before you have seen the property.

Remember – the majority of listings on the internet are legitimate, but you need to keep your eyes open. Trust your instincts and don’t ignore the Red Flags! If the situation feels wrong to you, then walk away – or at the very least – KEEP ASKING QUESTIONS until you feel comfortable. A legitimate Joint Base Charleston Property Management team should have no trouble in addressing any questions or concerns you may have.

Military Homes Charleston
We specialize in helping military families enjoy a smooth PCS in and out of
Joint Base Charleston, South Carolina. Buying and selling your home is one of the biggest events of your life. As your trusted Charleston Real Estate Professional, we are 100% committed to helping you the best way we can when you buy or sell your home. We have a passion for helping people, and we love what we do – call 843-410-8014 or email today!

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