Rental property scams on the rise; how to protect yourself

 Rental property scams on the rise; how to protect yourself

Rental property scams are often found on local buy, sell, trade websites such as Craigslist, Facebook Marketplace, Facebook groups, etc. With the heightened market and lack of rental property, The Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office is warning you to be extremely cautious about who you do business with.

With the real estate market state, it’s a good time to educate yourself on popular scams. It may be in your best interest to seek out a trusted real estate professional to help with all of you real estate needs.

When engaging in a rental transaction, or real-estate purchase transaction through an online classified, consumers should fully vet the person they are going to meet and not deal in cash. Consumers should not render payment to third persons and not accept at face value that the person offering a lease agreement is entitled to represent the rental property. Consumers should also take heed of…

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