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¿Necesitas más espacio que el que te ofrece un apartamento, condominio o casa adosada, pero no estás listo para comprar una vivienda? El alquiler de una casa unifamiliar puede ajustarse a tu presupuesto. Pero no todos los listados de casas en alquiler son legítimos, así que te ofrecemos algunas recomendaciones y herramientas para ayudarte a evitar una estafa de propiedades en alquiler.

 

Según lo que indican los miembros del National Rental Home Council (NRHC), que son propietarios de casas en alquiler, los estafadores usan una variedad de tácticas para obtener dinero de la gente. Algunos estafadores se apropian de un verdadero listado de propiedades en alquiler cambiando el domicilio de email u otra información de contacto y luego publican el anuncio alterado en otro sitio web. Otros acceden a llaves guardadas en cajas con candado, hacen copias y se hacen pasar por agentes inmobiliarios legítimos. Y hay otros que listan una propiedad que ya fue alquilada y luego tratan de cobrar cargos de solicitud, depósitos de seguridad e incluso el primer mes de renta.

Éstas son algunas recomendaciones para ayudarte a evitar las estafas de propiedades en alquiler:
 

  • Haz una búsqueda en línea ingresando el nombre de la compañía de alquileres. Ingresa el nombre de la compañía junto con palabras tales como “review”, “complaint” o “scam”, si haces la búsqueda en español, agrega palabras como "comentario", "queja" o "estafa". Si encuentras comentarios negativos, puede que te convenga buscar en otro lado.
  • ¿Tienes un buen presentimiento? Los listados de casas en alquiler pueden aparecer en varios lugares, incluidos sitios web de compañías de alquileres y servicios de listados en línea como Zillow, Trulia o Craigslist. Si ves un listado de una compañía en uno de estos servicios de listados en internet, haz una búsqueda ingresando el domicilio de la casa para asegurarte de que aparezca en el sitio web de la compañía de alquileres. Si no aparece, puede ser una estafa.
  • Compara precios. ¿El valor del alquiler es mucho más bajo que el de otras propiedades similares? Eso podía ser una bandera roja de alerta.
  • Visita la propiedad. Pide una identificación. Los agentes de propiedades en alquiler deberían tener una tarjeta de identificación con una fotografía expedida por la compañía propietaria o administradora de la propiedad.
  • ¿Nada que despierte sospechas todavía? Presenta tu solicitud a través de la compañía de alquileres, agentes profesionales de bienes raíces con licencia o sitios web de listados de alquileres.
  • Antes de firmar un contrato, fíjate si en la propiedad en alquiler hay algún letrero con el nombre del dueño o del administrador de la propiedad. Antes de cerrar un trato, llama a la compañía.
  • No pagues nunca con dinero en efectivo, ni con transferencias o giros de dinero o tarjetas de regalo. Si alguien te dice que pagues de alguna de estas maneras, es un indudable signo de estafa.Hacer una transferencia de dinero es como enviar dinero en efectivo — una vez que lo enviaste no hay manera de recuperarlo. Y las tarjetas de regalo son para hacer regalos, NO para hacer pagos.

Si detectas una estafa de propiedades en alquiler, repórtala a las autoridades locales y a la FTC.

 

Para más recomendaciones, consulta Estafas de listados de propiedades en alquiler. ¿Quieres evitar las últimas estafas? Suscríbete en ftc.gov/es/subscribese para recibir alertas gratis para consumidores de parte de la FTC.

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14 Comments

Eddy
June 18, 2019
Gracias por los consejos. Son muy utiles Exitos!
KGEE
June 12, 2019
Check the owner information at the County Assessor office. That will tell you who the owner is & contact address. It won't verify a management company if it's under contract, but at least you'll know if a individual offering the property is legit.
Victor Paguaga
June 22, 2019
Me ha servido de gran utilidad este aviso ya que casi soy victima de estafa al querer rentar una casa en Miami me pedian $800 de fondo y me mandarian las llaves y eso no es todo el caso resulta que la casa esta en venta. Esta persona no es de este lugar es de Indiana y se estaba haciendo pasar por propietario.Lo consulte con una realty y me advirtio que no lo hiciera. Es verdad que se aprovechan de los que necesitamos mas espacio para la familia. Muchas gracias por toda esta imformacion.
J*dubya
June 23, 2019
Another red flag is showing "outside only"photos of the property or photos that look like they're taken from windows. Also,when you ask to visit a property and they tell you they'll send you the keys once you send the money.
ResearchLilly
July 17, 2019
Recently I was looking to rent a furnished apartment in Denver, CO. I at first used Craigs List, beware!!! Most of these are scams and if you do your research you can find the real listing (if it exists) on the true sight. The scammers are pushy, out of the state and cannot meet with you. Some scammers on there even take up the identity of a REAL Real Estate agent. Most scammers will have 2 to 3 people working on the scam and provide all kinds of email addresses. Background searches do provide histories. Most people that actually have a place to rent will call you and want to know who they are renting too.
RozaPepaply
July 27, 2019
Great post!
GBA3
January 10, 2020
I'm looking for a rental home and a couple times so far I thought I had found something on Craigslist. So I sent a message through Craigslist's reply feature requesting more info, pics, etc and someone would get back to me and ask me if I could text or call them but would not give me any of the information that I had asked.... ARE THOSE SCAMS?? I didn't responded any of those people because I thought that they were scammers... Didn't make any sense to me that they didn't answer any question that I had asked but wanted my information. Was I right to not respond to those emails? Has anybody else had this happen to them?
Ohioborn
July 09, 2020
I recently found a property for rent. I immediately went to the Auditor's web page. The e-mail address, and his name were nowhere on the Auditor's webpage as the owner. I told him this, he went on to tell me that he assured me that the photos I saw on the website were the same photos, and that I had nothing to worry about. He even encouraged me to go view the property from the outside because there was no one to show me the property, and that he was away on the "base". I had him send me the rental application. He sent it, and the app itself was shady looking. I then contacted a leasing company, and they were just as shady. Would not call me back. They took my call, but would not return my call for me to meet with an agent to schedule a viewing. I was pretty bummed. I loved the house, it was in my budget, and perfect for my family. But hey...I'd rather be safe than sorry.
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Beautymom386
January 28, 2021
Here is a new one, be very careful for emails when the owner will claim it was for sale but changed their mind so disregard the realtor sign or that they are away on a missionary to help covid affected areas. What I did was copy and paste the address in google and 9 out of 10 times the house on zillow for sale. I contacted the realtor agent and asked about it being for rent and they confirmed it was not. The amount the original post was asking for was lower than zillows "rent estimate" and the rent website only had a one or 2 pics. Hope this helps.
lily89
July 22, 2021
i’ve already rented this house and put a deposit down and i feel like it’s weird how it’s still up on a website
Becca
July 30, 2021

En respuesta a por lily89

this house is listed on face book marketplace and they are trying to rent it with application fees and deposites. The man says his name is Marcus and claims to be the owner. He wants the funds to be sent by zelle. He is a scammer.
Dropt4
September 13, 2021

En respuesta a por lily89

Hey lily89, did you rent this house through First key? And do you have a contract with them and a move in date? I know a person that I think actually got scammed on this house that is living there now, but the company says that they haven't rented it to anyone.
KMAC7
August 24, 2021
BEWARE of Craigslist and some rental.com websites. LOOK AT THE APPLICATION, if it doesn't feel right, it probably isn't. I went to look at a rental home and told the "person" who was texting me that a different realtor's information was in the yard, they told me that it was their OLD realtor and they took it over to do it themselves. I checked the "Been Verified" website for their name and information (including email adds) and found out they had threat levels for being a scammer previously. Its worth the $20 for a month to do your research on these people. Best of luck to everyone!