Room for Rent and other rental scams
#394920 by Michelle Tue Aug 20, 2019 2:52 pm
Michael B <[email protected]> wrote:

Thank you for your interest in my apartment, it is still available. I
will try to give you as many details as I can regarding the apartment
in the following email.

The full address of the apartment is 285 8th St, Jersey City,
NJ 07302. Everything is just like in the pictures, fully equipped with
all the appliances you need, very clean and well kept. The apartment
can be rented furnished or if you want you can use your furniture and
deposit mine in the storage unit. I work as an civil engineer and the
company I work for has developed projects all around the world. Now, I
have received an very good offer from them to move to the United
Kingdom department, offer that I have accepted.

The apartment is vacant so you can move-in anytime you want, also my
contract in UK is for the next 6 years, so for this period, I will not
return 100%.

The rent of 1000$/month is for the whole apartment and includes all
the utilities: heat, water, electricity, parking, laundry in-suite,
washer and dryer also included, cable and internet. You will have full
access to all building amenities. Just in case repairs are needed
there, I will cover the costs, so no worries. The price I'm asking is
below the market because I want to find a responsible tenant to take
good care of the place.

I'm the owner of the apartment, it's already paid in full and there is
no mortgage on it. You have everything you need near-by (public
transportation, schools, groceries etc.). Also I love pets, so if you
have any pets, I won't have any problem, pets are allowed. Honestly
from point of view I'm sure that You'll love it for sure and rent it
on spot.

I would like to know how many people will live in the apartment and
also which rental contract do you prefer to start with - 6 months or 1
year with option of renewal?

Please let me know if you are really interested in the place so we can
discuss further.

Thank you and look forward hearing from you!

PS: I attached you all the pictures that I have with the apartment (as
you can see everything is in absolutely perfect condition).

From: Michael B <[email protected]>

First of all, I think that you noticed the monthly rent price, which is below the market. The reason for this, is because I already left US, I am now in United Kingdom and I cannot show you the apartment in person.

I tried to rent it before I had to leave, I found a tenant that promised he will take the apartment in 2 weeks, I waited for him, but when he had to pay and sign the lease agreement, he wasn't able to keep his promise, because he wasn't able to gather the money. Obviously this was a bitter experience, and because of this reason, I wasn't able to rent the apartment before I had to leave for United Kingdom. Me and my wife decided then, not to rent the apartment anymore, but in the meantime we managed to switch to better feelings and changed our mind.

Please note that all the keys are with me in United Kingdom, because we are overseas, and because of this bitter experience we previously had, I will rent the apartment ONLY by using an International Third Party company called Rently (rently. com). Look at their website as reference, but please know that you will not find my apartment there, as I need to initate the transaction before anything. I have used this company and their services twice this year, both times had a great experience, they are really professional and they have great services.

A few brief things about Rently:

They are an International company that provides solution for renters and property managers in a safe environment. Basically the both of us will be 100% protected using their services.
The service that we will be using is the SELF-SHOWING. So this means that Rently will take care of every detail of this transaction and you will receive the keys and go by yourself and check the apartment, before deciding of you want to rent it or not
Rently are in business for over 7 years and they are BBB Accredited since 2017
Along this period they had MILLIONS of customers.

Using Rently involves three parties: me as owner, you as a potential tenant and Rently as a responsible third party authorized to handle this transaction. Rently will handle everything, including paperwork, shipment of the keys and escrow services. Of course, nobody can take that money until you will inspect the apartment and sign the lease agreement.

I understand that this is not a conventional way to rent a place, but please keep in mind that the "reward" for following with the Rently transaction is a lower monthly rent. Also I will pay for all the fees that Rently will request for using their services. Please note that the Rently services are necessary only until you will inspect the apartment and sign the lease agreement, after that you can deposit the monthly payments directly to my bank account, or we can setup a payment method that is suitable for both of us.

Just in case you need it, my phone number is +44 75 20 640833 (UK phone number) if I am not able to respond, I will do my best to call you back asap.

I am sure that at this point you have many questions, but please hold them a little longer until the next email. In the meantime, please look at Rently and LET ME KNOW IF YOU ARE STILL INTERESTED IN THE PROCESS, so I can provide all the detailed steps of the transaction (I am sure that many of the questions you have now, will be answered after I will send you the steps). If you choose to continue, I will do my best to be as transparent as possible during the whole transaction.

Thank you and hope to hear from you soon!

This Scammer will arrange to send you an Invoice or notification -- Make no mistake, the document will be fake !
If you are reading this because you have received such an invoice or notification, kindly forward it to the address in my signature line and I will report the details to the appropriate authorities.


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