A Nevada landlord has a warning for others across the country — never show rental properties to strangers.
According to a report in the local news, the landlord had placed a vacancy sign on the front lawn of her rental property, and was inside cleaning and painting the vacant unit when she was approached by a man who said he was interested in renting the property.
The landlord admits she was eager to show the unit because business has been a little slow in her area. She let the man in and invited him to look around while she and a family member continued to paint the unit. The “applicant” later waved goodbye and promised that he’d be in touch.
About an hour later, the landlord noticed that her car was missing.
The landlord told police that had she left her purse locked in her car. She had placed the car keys inside a closet in the rental, according to the report.
Police in the area say that this is a good lesson for everyone who shows rental properties not to be overly-trusting.
As the landlord continues the process of canceling all of her credit cards, she told reporters that next time she’ll know better than to allow a stranger to wander the rental property unsupervised.
Hopefully, she also will verify identity and prequalify rental applicants before allowing them inside a rental property.
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