Landlord Warns: Don’t Do What I Did

by Chris on April 2, 2012

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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Barbara carpico April 4, 2012 at 10:47 am

I can see how this could happen and while I’m careful about this type of thing it has raised my awareness to be even more cautious.

Nick Ciccone April 14, 2012 at 11:15 pm

I wouldn’t keep my stuff or anything of value in an unfurnished unit that I’m showing off, renters want and should be able to know a units exact address and what it looks like inside. In a furnished unit it makes perfect sense to pre-qualify the potential tenants but otherwise it makes it overly difficult and can seem like a scam. If you saw an ad online for a TV that required you provide all of your personal information before you could see a picture of the TV I’m sure you would look for a more reputable site it would be almost laughable if you received that kind of treatment in person. You ask a salesman does this brand make a 42? Salesperson: I’m sorry I’ll need to copy your ID and number

Bridgette May 1, 2012 at 12:35 pm

Once I had a group of 4 men coming in. I wasn’t afraid, but didn’t want to take any chances either. I asked each of them for ID and explained it was standard procedure to call my office to provide their identies. I actually called my husband and gave him the info (noting to call me back in 15 mins or to send help). All was fine, however, I realized that may be a good practice to keep. I’ve been doing it ever since. If they don’t want to give it, they can’t come in.

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