How to Avoid Rental Scams
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:
- 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