Rental scams are increasingly common. Usually scammers try to get money from prospective tenants for an apartment that they are not in a position to rent. Avoid scams by learning how to protect yourself.

  • Don’t wire or send money for fees, last month’s rent or damage deposit without seeing the unit in person and signing a lease. Avoid dealing with a landlord who says he is out of the country. The safest negotiation is face to face.
  • Don’t rely on photos or promises. Make sure you visit any place you are consider renting.
  • If you are told you don’t need a lease, if you are asked to pay extra fees upfront, or are being pressured into handing over money, it is a bad sign.
  • Do your research. Know what average rents are and avoid ads where something sounds too good to be true.  It could be a scam.
  • Scan any email attachments for computer viruses before opening.

If you want to know more or notify someone of a scam, contact:

Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre
Fax 1-888-654-9426

  • Updated information on avoiding fraud

Toronto Police Service

  • To report an incident, contact the main Toronto Police switchboard at the number above or go to any Toronto Police station