Ventura County D.A. Warns of Rental Scams

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.

Roseville Renter Credited with Stopping Craigslist Rent Fraud

A prospective renter who met a woman claiming to have a home for rent on Craigslist is credited with stopping a rent fraud scheme.

After one of the prospective renters became suspicious, she drove by the home and discovered that not only was it for sale but that the property owners had not authorized anybody to rent it. The prospective renter contacted Roseville police, who arrested 23-year-old Krissi Peede, charging her with fraud and other crimes.

Read the original article in News10.Net.

San Jose Woman Charged with Grand Theft for Fraudulent Renting on Craigslist

Monique Morris, 47, was charged with three counts of grand theft  by the Santa Clara County District Attorney’s Office after its Real Estate Fraud unit investigated her for rent fraud.

In March and April of this year, Morris is alleged to have posted her condo or rooms in her condo for rent on Craigslist. According to the DA’s office, she showed three couples her property, located at 928 Catkin Court in San Jose, then had them sign leases and collected deposits from them.

Read the original article in the Mercury News.