Finding Home, Avoiding Scammers: Craigslist Edition
July 30, 2012 5:59 AM Subscribe
How do I avoid Craigslist real-estate shysters? Added wrinkle: long-distance.
posted by xenization to Grab Bag (13 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
My would-be roommates and I are getting increasingly desperate about finding housing (in New Hampshire, if that makes any difference) for the fall semester. So, I’ve been looking at Craigslist in the hopes of finding cheaper options. And I’ve seen some promising leads. However, I live in Pennsylvania and they live in North Carolina; it isn’t exactly feasible for us financially to go up and visit.
How, then, can we make securing an apartment remotely happen? Even if we get added to a lease, for example, and are asked to mail a deposit, how can we be sure we’re not just throwing that money away? Any ideas how we can ensure these ads are legitimate?
Any tips you have on finding apartments (or rooms) for rent online are welcome as well. Thanks in advance!