I got tricked by a rental scam in LA. What are my legal options?
January 30, 2012 2:17 PM Subscribe
Okay, so it finally happened. I got hit by a rental scam in LA. Now what? More inside.
posted by GilloD to law & government (15 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
This is in Los Angeles.
I did a dumb thing: I rented a living room from a guy on Craigslist. Basically, he rented the apartment and then sublet all the rooms. It had all the trademarks of a shady scam, but I was desperate and he saw that.
What happened is this: I woke up on today, my birthday, and found an eviction notice on the door. The landlady was sympathetic but basically said "Hey, I got a business to run, I'm happy to give the lease to you, but you're out whatever money you've given him". I have 3 other roommates who are also all out money.
I went to work and did some deep Google action and contacted at least 4 other people he has done this to over the last 18 months or so. He is STILL posting on Craigslist. I chewed him out over the phone and he seemed cowed, but we'll see. So far I've also managed to find at least 8 properties where he's done this.
In the meantime, what are my legal options in LA? Even if I get my money back, I'd still like to make sure he's not doing this to someone else.