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San Diego Rental Scams

I’ve had several calls this afternoon from folks who were about to be taken in by a San Diego rental scam. These callers were saved, because they drove by 335 Venetia Way and saw our For Sale sign in the yard and took the time to call.

This lovely 3-bedroom home is on the market at $389,000, but someone who calls himself “Mark” is advertising it as a $1200 month rental–which would be an outrageous bargain.

Unfortunately, this Oceanside property is not for rent, as owners will only consider a sale–and have priced it to move quickly.

I called Mark’s phone: 910-310-7984, which is a Google phone number. Left a message, and hope to hear back from him.

BEWARE: THIS IS A RENTAL SCAM

…and one that is not unique to San Diego real estate. I’m sure the scammer will try to get a deposit (and possibly first month’s rent) to hold the property–and that’s the last you’ll hear from him. That would leave me on the hook for sharing the sad news to those taken.

I Googled the phone number, and it appears this guy is an operator working out of who-knows-where. And although the 910 area code serves southeastern North Carolina, the fraudster could be operating almost anywhere in the world.

My advice for anyone who is looking for rentals on sites like Craigslist is to cross-check owner of the home with a real estate agent who can easily pull up tax records to verify ownership. We offer it as a free service to our clients–and would-be clients. To check, just call 877-818-8197 or 760-942-9100.

Listed below, because we receive so many requests for them, are legitimate and currently-available rentals in Carlsbad, Encinitas, Oceanside, San Marcos and Vista. For rental information in other areas or if you are seeking property management, call Roberta or Scott Murphy at 760-942-9100 or 760-613-6190 or email scott@sandiegopreviews.com (NOTE: Some of these listings may be vacation rentals, which we cannot filter. Apologies!)

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6677 Paseo Del Norte Unit C Carlsbad, CA 92011

$3,600
2 Beds
1.5 Baths
1,060 SqFt
Status Active
MLS # 120013809
Property Type Townhouse
Gorgeous WHITE WATER VIEW!!! Great location, you can walk to the beach, Company Stores-Outlet mall, Legoland, restaurants etc. Beautiful ocean views from every room. New living room furniture with new Smart TV and brand new Number Sleep bed in master bedroom. Small dog ok upon approval, no cats please. Must see to appreciate. Rate $2800 and Summer June-September $3600/mo. Cleaning fee is $150, processing fee is $25, Security deposit is $1000 or damage Ins. $69, covers up to $3000 in damage. Neighborhoods: Alta Mira Complex Features: ,,

1114 S Myers Oceanside, CA 92054

$2,100
1 Bed
1 Bath
432 SqFt
Status Active
MLS # 150049418
Property Type Single Family Residence
Single Story Beach Unit. No one above or below. This 1 bedroom, 1 bath unit is approx. 200 steps from sand! Available monthly or annual lease. Part of a small, 6 unit complex. Fully furnished. Stocked with linens, dishes, appliances, etc. Outdoor patio area with furniture, natural gas grill, outdoor shower and 1 off-street parking spot. An assortment of beach equipment is provided. Rent includes utilities, cable and WIFI. See supplemental remarks for details on pricing. Pets considered w/ fee. Neighborhoods: Coastal Oceanside

3690 Carlsbad Blvd Unit B Carlsbad, CA 92008

$7,900
2 Beds
2 Baths
1,000 SqFt
Status Active
MLS # 160049368
Property Type Single Family Residence
THIS IS A VACATION RENTAL. RATE SHOWN IS THE STANDARD MONTHLY OFF SEASON RATE. Amazing oceanfront home on world famous Carlsbad Boulevard. High end finishes and furnishings are sure to please even the most discriminating tastes. Beautiful master suite has a wonderful sitting area that faces the ocean and invites relaxation. The large living area has a huge comfortable sectional that invites family lounging time. The large patio is the perfect place to watch the sun go down over the ocean and breathe! Neighborhoods: The Village Complex Features: ,, View: Panoramic Ocean

428 S Ditmar Street Oceanside, CA 92054

$3,695
2 Beds
1 Bath
998 SqFt
Status Active
MLS # OC18136872
Property Type Single Family Residence
Spectacular tudor style house! Flexible term from 3 days to 6+ month lease provided it is not booked/occupied. Walking distance to the water, pier, restaurants, a variety of services. Very comfortable 2 bedroom/1 bath house with everything brand new: washer/dryer, refrigerator, furniture, TVs. mattresses, dishes, utensils, pots, towels, etc... In the master bedroom is a queen size bed, in the second guest room 2 twins. The 2 couches/futons in the living room unfold. Combined become a king size bed. Just bring your toothbrush! THIS IS an IDEAL TEMPORARY HOUSING OR VACATION BEACH HOUSE. Utilities included for rentals up to 29 days. High Speed Cox Internet, TVs provided up to 29 days. Can be rented for 12 months furnished for $3695 without services and utilities. Tenant/guest to reimburse Landlord for all services/utilities. June rate is $4395 with services/utilities. July and August rate is $5395 with services/utilities. Monthly - 3 months minimum stay. Daily - 3 days minimum stay. Daily/weekly/monthly rate varies throughout the year. Contact broker for availability and any additional information. The property is listed on HomeAway (VRBO) and AIRBNB. (booked until 04/14/2019)

3870 Valley St Carlsbad, CA 92008

$2,600
1 Bed
1 Bath
1,000 SqFt
Status Active
MLS # 180031487
Property Type Single Family Residence
Fully furnished attached guest house 14 foot ceiling fully equipped kitchen. Excellent for corporate rental. Minimum 60 day lease. All amenities included in lease. Utilities, WiFi, TV, laundry facilities. King size bed, ample closet and storage, linens, just bring your clothes. Onsite parking. Walk to the beach or Carlsbad Village. Neighborhoods: Old Carlsbad Sewer: Sewer Connected

3255 Garfield Street Carlsbad, CA 92008

$6,500
2 Beds
2.5 Baths
1,653 SqFt
Status Active
MLS # 180043630
Property Type Townhouse
Everyone loves this home and location. Just steps to beach and downtown Carlsbad Village. AVAILABLE MARCH 1 - JUNE 30, 2019. SEPTEMBER 1 - DECEMBER 31, 2019. Please call for pricing. FURNISHED townhome with double attached garage. Quality furnishings, beautiful pillow top mattresses, Pets are welcome, Beautiful patio with furnishings and BBQ. Beach chairs, beach towels, boogie boards and more. Please call for pricing. Neighborhoods: BEACH AND DOWNTOWN

825 N Cleveland Unit F Oceanside, CA 92054

$2,650
2 Beds
2.5 Baths
1,188 SqFt
Status Active
MLS # IV18202236
Property Type Condominium
Ocean Breeze-- 2 blocks from Pacific Ocean. 2 generous bedrooms, both en suite, plus powder room in this 2 car-attached, gated garage Beach Condo. Garage equipped with bicycles and beach chairs, opportunity to ride or walk to all that Oceanside has to offer, pier with Ruby's for light meals and fine dining for evening. Farmer's market and approximately 40 community attractions. Minutes to Interstate 5-- Offering lease terms for the Ocean Bound traveler. Please inquire with lease agent regarding availability. 13; Available April 15, 2019, 30 day minimum.

548 Meridian Carlsbad, CA 92011

$6,500
3 Beds
3 Baths
2,533 SqFt
Status Active
MLS # 180048479
Property Type Single Family Residence
Beautifully furnished, single level for your most discerning client. Near Lagoon and beach on a quiet cul-de-sac. Tropical Settings throughout the yard. Close to hiking trails. Property is available Oct 1st through November 30th. Owner resides in property yearly from December 1st to March 31st. Property then becomes available from April 1st to November 30th. All lease terms will be considered. Must be rented at least 1 month. Neighborhoods: San Pacifico Complex Features: ,,,

2505 Navarra Dr. Unit 326 Carlsbad, CA 92009

$2,600
2 Beds
2.5 Baths
1,524 SqFt
Status Active
MLS # 180058530
Property Type Single Family Residence
Gorgeous golf course home! Located looking over the golf course of the Omni La Costa Resort & Spa! Fully furnished. Available April 2019 to Sept. 30th 2019. 6-month minimum lease required. Two-story end unit. New carpet and paint throughout. Sony 55 Smart 3D 4K Ultra HD flat screen TV in living room. Lovely view of pond from balcony. Spacious full kitchen. Air conditioned. Two master bedroom suites with huge walk-in closets! Washer & dryer within home. Min. 6-month rental. See Supplement! Neighborhoods: La Costa Complex Features: ,,,

6463 Pyrus Place Carlsbad, CA 92011

$4,750
5 Beds
3 Baths
2,735 SqFt
Status Active
MLS # 180063912
Property Type Single Family Residence
A Gem of an Unfurnished Immaculately Maintained, Remodeled, Panoramic Ocean View, Light-filled Rental, Available NOW! Energy savings with Solar Heat System Installed! This 5 bed. 3 bath Exec. Quality Residence, located in a Cul-de-Sac, with all new Appliances, A/C on 2nd Floor only, features romantically landscaped rear and side yards, many fruit bearing trees year round! All Wood Floors Throughout. Close to Pacific Rim Elementary, Shopping, Dining, Beaches! Sorry, No Pets, Non-smoking. 6 or 12 mo. Lease Neighborhoods: Seaside Heights View: Panoramic Ocean Sewer: Sewer Connected

459 Lexington Cr. Oceanside, CA 92057

$5,000
4 Beds
2 Baths
2,375 SqFt
Status Active
MLS # 180064617
Property Type Single Family Residence
Beautiful single story fully furnished home available all year. Recently remodeled bathrooms, freshly painted and new carpet in master bedroom. Hardwood floor throughout the rest of the house and slate tile flooring in bathrooms and laundry. King bed in master, queen in two bedrooms with a desk and sofa in the study. Private pool and Jacuzzi. All utilities including cable and Internet are included. SDG&E up to $75/mo. tenant pays difference. Minimum one month lease. Neighborhoods: Heartlands

700 Regal Road Unit 5a Encinitas, CA 92024

$2,445
2 Beds
1 Bath
769 SqFt
Status Active
MLS # OC18283299
Property Type Condominium
Hard to find, super clean condo with patio to enjoy Encinitas weather all around the year, designer touch interior colors, large bedrooms for king and queen size beds. All hard wood floors. Full bath with tub and shower. Gated community with assigned parking space. Community swimming pool, party room. Plenty off street parking. property is unfurnished and no longer staged. 13; New Refrigerator, microwave and newer dish washer include in lease. Huge community Park for sunbath, walking.

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