Caveat Renter: Beware of Local Rental Scams
This is a public service announcement, of sorts. Unfortunately, people in Palestine are being scammed—these criminals are scamming rental listings, renters, agents and landlords. This is something to be aware of for both renters and landlords, as it is getting more common. The internet is a great way to find your next rental, but always be cautious of scams when searching online. Always remember that anyone, anywhere can post anything online with the click of a mouse—whether it is with malicious intent or not. Use some of these tips to avoid a rental scam:
Tips for Renters:
Tips for Landlords & Agents:
The bottom line in avoiding a scam is to use common sense. If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. Are there great rental deals from legitimate sources out there? Absolutely. However, it pays to do a little homework to make sure you are dealing with the actual owner and not an email con-artist. I would like to note that I have not heard of any of these types of scams run by locals, they are all perpetrated by people that have probably never even stepped foot onto our lovely East Texas soil. The internet is great, but keep your antenna up and be aware out there.
Lisa E. Priest hates a thief and is an East Texas Area REALTOR® and Property Manager with Picket Fence Realty, Inc. You can reach her via phone or text at 903-948-3343 or read more at BuyPalestine.com.