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Old 06-22-2017, 09:15 PM
 
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I own a property in southern California which I rent as a furnished rental during the summer months. The house is currently empty. I had my house listed with a reputable realtor and it was listed on the MLS. We have a signed lease starting in July and the house currently listed as not active.

Today our HOA contacts me to remind me that any real estate signs have to be the 'approved' version and can we please tell our realtor to contact them for the correct signage. Our realtor did not put a sign in front. Low and behold, he swings by our house and there is a sign in front from a major rental agency in the area with a text code for our house. Our realtor called the agent and the agent in turn called me to apologize for the 'mistake by a new agent'. It was no mistake... when I go their website and put in the text code, my house is listed... no pictures, but the full description written by my agent with totally incorrect lease info.. ie says it's unfurnished, lease for 1 year, etc.

My agent recommends I file a police report for trespassing. I'm so mad.. what gives them the right to advertise on my property without my consent?
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Old 06-22-2017, 09:18 PM
 
Location: Berkeley Neighborhood, Denver, CO USA
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Your agent is spot on.
Nothing will happen, but filing a report will make you feel good.
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Old 06-22-2017, 09:19 PM
 
Location: Just south of Denver since 1989
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I'd file with the department of real estate.
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Old 06-22-2017, 10:41 PM
 
Location: SoCal
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I'd throw the sign in the back of my car and dump it in an anonymous trash dumpster.

Post your sign on my property and you lose it. Lovehound's justice.


My HOA has a policy of prohibiting various advertising signs such as "trash hauling" etc., and when ever I see one of these signs they suffer the same fate. However if they are made of plastic coreboard I take them home and peel off the advertising. They are ideal for garage/yard sales!
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Old 06-22-2017, 10:46 PM
 
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I'd throw the sign in the back of my car and dump it in an anonymous trash dumpster.

Post your sign on my property and you lose it. Lovehound's justice.


My HOA has a policy of prohibiting various advertising signs such as "trash hauling" etc., and when ever I see one of these signs they suffer the same fate. However if they are made of plastic coreboard I take them home and peel off the advertising. They are ideal for garage/yard sales!
Two wrongs........ Stealing and destroying someone's sign might get you into trouble, especially in this day and age of video and security cameras everywhere.

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Old 06-22-2017, 11:23 PM
 
Location: SoCal
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Two wrongs........ Stealing and destroying someone's sign might get you into trouble, especially in this day and age of video and security cameras everywhere.
So I go to MY PROPERTY and find litter on my lawn and pick it up and throw it into MY TRASH.

Sue me.
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Old 06-23-2017, 07:36 AM
 
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I did file a complaint with the CA Bureau of Real Estate.
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Old 06-23-2017, 10:25 AM
 
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It makes no sense how a company can list a property that is not theirs on their website in the first place. There really cannot be a mistake. It sounds like some kind of fraud.
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Old 06-23-2017, 10:25 AM
 
Location: SoCal
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Sadly, so much of public misbehavior is below the level of being worth filing a lawsuit over, so people get away with this bad behavior.

My HOA has a bylaw prohibiting any advertising signs, although Realtors' open house signs are routinely ignored. (That's fair.)

But when I see signs advertising services or merchandise for sale I rip the up and trash them. As far as I'm concerned they're litter, and too trivial to complain to the HOA and ask them to have the signs removed. Perhaps I'm doing the wrong thing but it's worked for me so far.
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Old 06-23-2017, 10:30 AM
 
Location: SoCal
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It makes no sense how a company can list a property that is not theirs on their website in the first place. There really cannot be a mistake. It sounds like some kind of fraud.
It could be fraud, particularly the Craig's List rental fraud. There is really no simple way to tell.

As far as the Internet, you can post almost anything you want on the Internet. There isn't any real Internet police authority.
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