Zillow Advice: Renter Rights - How do I know the home rental listing is not a scam if the owner claims he/she lives abroad? http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/How-do-I-know-the-home-rental-listing-is-not-a-scam-if-the-owner-claims-he-she-lives-abroad/448324/ Zillow Advice | Zillow Real Estate You can go to a title company ... http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/How-do-I-know-the-home-rental-listing-is-not-a-scam-if-the-owner-claims-he-she-lives-abroad/448324/ You can go to a title company website (for instance First American Title) and for a small fee find out who the owner of the property is.&nbsp; If you are not dealing with the owner, it could be a scam.&nbsp; I can tell you that I live abroad and have several rental properties in the US.&nbsp; I have a property manager and real estate agent. If you are not dealing with one of these, it is probably a scam, or at best, an unresponsive future landlord.&nbsp; Finally, I would never rent or buy something without seeing the inside first. Thu, 30 May 2013 07:41:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/How-do-I-know-the-home-rental-listing-is-not-a-scam-if-the-owner-claims-he-she-lives-abroad/448324/ 2013-05-30T07:41:00Z Nobody is going to mail keys ... http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/How-do-I-know-the-home-rental-listing-is-not-a-scam-if-the-owner-claims-he-she-lives-abroad/448324/ Nobody is going to mail keys to a renter. A landlord wants to meet you and will have keys and will show you the house before renting. On the extreme rare case that a landlord is far away... If they are the kind that will not have someone meet to hand you the keys when they can not be a there then they are not going to be a good landlord when there is a problem. So on the miniscule chance that is a real landlord.... They arent one that you can rely on and I t would still be a mistake. But that is a scam... No doubt about it Thu, 30 May 2013 05:12:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/How-do-I-know-the-home-rental-listing-is-not-a-scam-if-the-owner-claims-he-she-lives-abroad/448324/ 2013-05-30T05:12:00Z @PG:&nbsp;&nbsp; Everything ... http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/How-do-I-know-the-home-rental-listing-is-not-a-scam-if-the-owner-claims-he-she-lives-abroad/448324/ @PG:&nbsp;&nbsp; Everything you describe says scam.&nbsp; It is too good a price to be true, the owner is abroad, wants money before keys.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Please read <a href="http://www.zillow.com/wikipages/Beware-of-Scams-and-Other-Internet-Fraud/">Zillow's FAQ on rental scams</a> (a link is at the top of every rental ad page).&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Please report it to Zillow by clicking on "report problem with listing" and making a choice in the drop down list.&nbsp; Thu, 30 May 2013 04:37:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/How-do-I-know-the-home-rental-listing-is-not-a-scam-if-the-owner-claims-he-she-lives-abroad/448324/ 2013-05-30T04:37:00Z Hi, I am facing something ... http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/How-do-I-know-the-home-rental-listing-is-not-a-scam-if-the-owner-claims-he-she-lives-abroad/448324/ Hi, <br/><br/>I am facing something similar and I am now more doubtful about the place. The only difference in my situation is that the apartment is in Menlo Park. He is asking for just $1000 for a 2 bedroom apartment and again he is asking for just a security deposit and he is assuring that he will send the keys via snail mail. <br/><br/>I got a long email saying he is a piano teacher and he is settling down with his wife in Manila. Did you go ahead with this thing ? I think its the same house owner and I want to tread carefully. <br/><br/>Thanks, <br/>PG Thu, 30 May 2013 03:50:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/How-do-I-know-the-home-rental-listing-is-not-a-scam-if-the-owner-claims-he-she-lives-abroad/448324/ 2013-05-30T03:50:00Z Red flag abound.&nbsp;&nbsp; ... http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/How-do-I-know-the-home-rental-listing-is-not-a-scam-if-the-owner-claims-he-she-lives-abroad/448324/ Red flag abound.&nbsp;&nbsp; Consider it a scam and move on.&nbsp;&nbsp; Here's a link to Zillow's FAQ on <a href="http://www.zillow.com/wikipages/Beware-of-Scams-and-Other-Internet-Fraud/">Scams and fraud.</a> <br/><br/>NEVER give a deposit before you've seen the place with someone in person, and never expect keys by mail to be valid.<br/><br/>And report it to Zillow<br/><br/><br/><img imagetype="8" uploadtype="new" imageid="X1-IA-alqogyggg86n_d86o0" src="http://photos2.zillow.com/is/image/i0/i13/i9870/IS-alqogyghusm5.jpg?op_sharpen=1&amp;qlt=90&amp;size=250,200"/><br/><br/> Mon, 25 Jun 2012 19:26:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/How-do-I-know-the-home-rental-listing-is-not-a-scam-if-the-owner-claims-he-she-lives-abroad/448324/ 2012-06-25T19:26:00Z