For many people, looking for homes for rent is a good option for numerous reasons. From keeping your mobility and avoid being weighed down by heavy mortgage payments, many people in this day and age actually prefer to rent than to own. Whatever the reason may be, the rental market is going strong, and many people find happy loving homes this way. However, when you are looking for homes for rent in El Paso, or anywhere else, there are things you need to avoid in order to ensure you are getting the best deal possible. It’s an unfortunate fact that rental scams run rampant today, so it is important to not only ensure you are renting from a legitimate renter but that the home you get is not a lemon in disguise. This is why it is in your best interest to work with a group like Vision Realty. Our agents will always ensure that any rental home we list is clean, legitimate, and exactly what it says.
Here are some tips to avoid rental scams and disappointments.
Offer Too Good to be True? It Probably Is.
Whether you are a first time renter, new to a city, or maybe even someone who thinks they got lucky on Craigslist, one important thing to remember is to know the market. If you come across a deal that seems too good to be true, beware. More than likely, it is! There are many types of scams that are currently going around and it’s important to be wary of “really good” offers. This is especially true for people who are not currently located in the city they are looking to rent in. So how can you avoid being scammed?
Here are a couple of tips:
Are you in the city you are looking to rent in? YES.
- Call the number provided.
- Ask for a showing.
- Never trust anyone who asks for bank information or credit card information before you actually visit the house.
What if I’m not in the city I’m looking to rent in?
- Do you have anyone who can visit the property for you? Have them do it.
- No one in the area? Look up the property on Zillow or county records.
- No legitimate renter will ask for bank information or credit card information without confirming that they are a legitimate renter.
- If they ask for a deposit before you can get to the city, try to find a third party rental company who will confirm the transaction for you. The last thing you need is to get to a new city only to find that you have been scammed and have no place to live.
Always Do A Thorough Inspection of the Property
Sometimes you can get lucky. You can find a great deal in a great location and the home can be in perfect condition. Sometimes, pretty paint and presentation can hide a lot of problems. If you can, get a third party to inspect the property or at least the major appliances, such as the HVAC, water heater, and plumbing. You don’t want to be billed for a pre-existing problem simply because you were ignorant of it in the first place.
Vision Realty Can Save You From Scams and Headaches
When it comes to finding good options for homes for rent, don’t leave it to chance. Vision Realty has the resources and people to make sure you find what you need. Call us today!