Safe Renting Tips


Safe Renting Tips:

  • Look for the "Trusted" logo. If the Landlord is not "Trusted" ask them to contact us to become "Trusted".
  • If possible, you or someone you know should view the property.
  • If you cannot meet the landlord, have a phone conversation.
  • Use extra caution when landlord only has a virtual phone number such as Google Voice or a Text Messaging APP. Legitimate landlords will have real phone numbers.
  • Never send money based only on email communication.
  • A recommended holding deposit is 20% of one month’s rent.
  • If you are wiring money, only wire from bank to bank.
  • Do NOT use wire services such as Western Union or Moneygram.
  • Do not send money to a country different than the country of the rental.
  • Get a signed rental agreement.

Security Deposit Tips:

  • A security deposit is not more than 2x the rent.
  • Have your landlord inspect the premises before you leave.
  • Deposits should be returned 30 days after the lease expires.