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Old 04-30-2013, 12:35 PM
 
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Came across a nice apartment in a safe neighborhood in Queens(according to the Queens Safety Map). The owner says he lives in another state for school. Contacted the property manager, and he said a $500 refundable security deposit needs to be paid to the out of state owner first, then they can schedule a viewing. If I end up not liking the apartment, they will refund the deposit. Receipt and documents will be provided for the safety deposit.

The rent of the apartment is $100-$200 less than same apartments nearby. And it's all bills paid. Does the $500 security deposit sound fishy to you? I've never heard people pay deposits before they view the apartment. And it's not a luxury apartment. Thoughts?
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Old 04-30-2013, 12:47 PM
 
Location: Manhattan
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As Monte Python famously said:

RUN AWAY!
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Old 04-30-2013, 12:49 PM
 
Location: Chittenden County, VT
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This is a well known Craigslist scam. Don't go near it.

It's often someone living in an apartment nearing the end of the lease. They pretend to be a super/building manager/owner/etc. They list the apartment, take these deposits, and then move out often after receiving deposits from many potential renters. No legitimate landlord would ever ask you for a deposit to see an apartment. Stay away.
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Old 04-30-2013, 12:50 PM
 
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Just to see the apartment? No way. To put in an application, yes, some buildings do that, but not just to look at it. Definitely run away.
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Old 04-30-2013, 12:51 PM
 
Location: Brooklyn, NYC
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Why would anyone pay to VIEW an apartment?? Even if it is refundable? Lol!
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Old 04-30-2013, 01:08 PM
 
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I feel like this same scam is in the papers every few months!
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Old 04-30-2013, 01:11 PM
 
Location: Long Island, NY
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Originally Posted by Kefir King View Post
As Monte Python famously said:

RUN AWAY!
I couldn't resist lol


Run away! - Monty Python and the Holy Grail - YouTube
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Old 04-30-2013, 01:13 PM
 
Location: Long Island, NY
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Put a deposit down just to VIEW? Oh, heck no. Application fees maybe, like someone else said but not to view. If it sounds fishy, most likely it is fishy. Trust your instincts.
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Old 04-30-2013, 03:09 PM
 
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find out from your attorney general's office is legal. im already starting to laugh and i have a feeling the atty general's office will laugh upon hearing this inquiry...!!!
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Old 04-30-2013, 05:22 PM
 
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I can't believe you even had to ask.
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