Sending a security deposit before seeing a place in SF?

Dec 9, 2019 15 Comments

Hi, I'm currently hunting for apartments in SF. I found a place that I like in craigslist, and the property manager said that the viewing is available three weeks from now because someone is already staying, but if I pay the security deposit of $2000, I can get the priority against the other competitors. He said that it's refundable deposit, so upon viewing, if I don't like the place, he will just refund it. He sent me some contract document to fill out, but I'm too nervous to send the money. Does this happen if the place is very popular?

I told him that I’d rather risk losing the place until seeing the house before sending any money, and on the day that the viewing was available, he said that the unit is rented out for a short term of one month, and the next viewing date is a month later. I wonder if I should send the money to secure the place if I really want the place. Have you heard of such practice?


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TOP 15 Comments
  • Apple AP2
    Sounds like a scam
    Dec 9, 2019 0
  • Twilio flexmoney
    Never send the money before you see the place. Never.
    Dec 9, 2019 0
  • Facebook public2
    There's no place and you'd never get that money back. Sincerely a landlord.
    Dec 9, 2019 0
  • Google SundarPich
    Dec 9, 2019 0
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    • Facebook RcmL18
      He sent me the rental agreement form to fill out, but not sure how legally-binding this form is.
      Dec 9, 2019
    • New jam12
      There are a shit ton of rent scammers on SF Bay Craigslist. Never ever do anything before seeing the place
      Dec 9, 2019
  • FLYR hQJf32
    Find low risk short term housing for initial arrival ie. Airbnb, Craigslist sublet (FaceTime tour) for a month and then do more permanent long term search when you’re in the area.
    Dec 9, 2019 0
  • Google / Eng

    Google Eng

    Samsung Electronics
    It screams SCAM. Also, security deposit should be put in a joint account.
    Dec 9, 2019 0
  • Amazon timbit
    Scam 99%
    Dec 9, 2019 0
  • Google SundarPich
    I've got a better apt for cheaper for rent.

    But it's in high demand. I don't want to scam you, so I'll give it to you for only HALF of the security deposit!
    Dec 10, 2019 0
  • This is a very common craigslist scam
    Dec 10, 2019 0


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