If you are a renter or prospective renter, this article in the Camarillo Acorn will be invaluable to you. The Ventura County District Attorney’s Office is proactive in protecting the rights of residents and this article contains important information to help you protect yourself.
Rental scams are an ongoing problem, at least in Southern California. Criminals will often induce renters to sign leases to properties the criminal has no legal right to rent, or even to show.
If a real estate agent is involved and the listing is posted on online media such as Craig’s List, search to see if the property is also listed on major real estate websites such as Trulia. Ask the agent for their business card, which by law requires their California Bureau of Real Estate license number to be indicated. The brokerage under which their license is held should also be listed.