Beware San Diego Rental Scam

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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!)

6725 Clover Court Carlsbad, CA 92011

$4,800
3 Beds
2.5 Baths
1,502 SqFt
Status Active
MLS # 120001434
Property Type Townhouse
Price Type --
Fantastic sit down Ocean from the first and second floor. Upgraded with, Thomasville cabinets, granite counters, tile flooring on first floor, Hardwood flooring upstairs. King size bed in spacious master suite with a large deck with table chairs for a sunset dinners. Also a large patio downstairs with ocean view. Work area complete with desk and wifi. See supplemental for rates breakdown. All utilities, cable and Internet are included. Gas and Electric are covered up to $75/mo. Available year round. June, July Aug. & Sept. at $4800/mo. Dec.-March $3,900 rest of the year $3800. House cleaning $150.00. Pet cleaning $50. SDG&E covered up to $75, guests pay SDG&E over $75. Reservation $25. Damage Insurance $69, covers up to $3,000 in property damage. OR Security deposit of $3,000. If you choose the damage insurance in lieu of the security deposit than we require $300 for key, remote and utility overages. We also offer Travel Protection, please inquire. Neighborhoods: Beach Coastal Complex Features: ,,

916 Caminito Estrada Unit B Carlsbad, CA 92011

$3,600
2 Beds
2 Baths
1,188 SqFt
Status Active
MLS # 120059642
Property Type Single Family Residence
Price Type --
Panoramic Ocean view from this single story end unit. Fully furnished master bedroom has king bed and 2nd bedroom has two twin beds. Great location walk to restaurants, The Company Stores outlet mall, Legoland, beach. Longer stay at lower rates. Cable, Internet and all utilities are included (Electricity up to $75). Summer rates - June - Sept $3600/mo Winter & other months - $2800/mo House cleaning fee: $150 Processing fee: $25 Pet fee: $50 Damage Protection: $69, which covers up to $3000 in property damage OR Security Deposit of $1,000. We also offer Travel Protection, please inquire. Neighborhoods: Carlsbad Complex Features: ,,,

6735 Russelia Court Carlsbad, CA 92011

$5,000
3 Beds
2 Baths
1,346 SqFt
Status Active
MLS # 130013754
Property Type Townhouse
Price Type --
Beautiful remodel on this single story Ocean view unit. Crown molding, new windows, new bathrooms, etc. All brand new furniture. Flat screen TV in living room and another in master. Master bedroom has king bed., 2nd bedroom two twins, 3rd bedroom desk area & queen sofa sleeper. One car attached garage. Cable, Internet, water and trash included. tenant pay SDG&E over $75.00. June - Sept. rate $5000/mo,. Rest of the year $4,300/mo. Cleaning fee $200. Damage Ins. $79. Pet fee $50 each. Processing fee $25. Damage Insurance $79, covers up to $5,000 in property damage. OR Security deposit of $3,000. If you choose the damage insurance in lieu of the security deposit than we require $500 for key, remote and utility overages. We also offer Travel Protection, please inquire.

1114 S Myers Oceanside, CA 92054

$2,250
1 Bed
1 Bath
432 SqFt
Status Active
MLS # 150049418
Property Type Single Family Residence
Price Type --
Single Story Beach Unit. No one above or below. This 1 bedroom, 1 bath unit is approx. 200 steps from sand! Available monthly. Part of a small, 6 unit complex. Fully furnished. Stocked with linens, dishes, appliances, etc. Onsite laundry. 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 and WIFI. See supplemental remarks for details on pricing. Pets considered w/ fee. Queen bed in the bedroom and a queen sleeper sofa in the living room (sleeps up to 4). Works well for short term occupants, corporate housing or snowbirds! PLEASE NOTE: -This property backs to the train tracks and is near a train crossing. If train noise is a concern, it may not be the property for you. -Off-season pricing is $2,250/month (September - May). High season pricing is $2,850/month (June, July and August). -Minimum 30 night stay. -Pets on approval (with pet rental fee). -$200 non-refundable cleaning fee. -Required deposit will vary based on desired length of stay and contract terms. Please inquire for details.

400 N The Strand Unit 18 Oceanside, CA 92054

$4,600
2 Beds
2 Baths
1,010 SqFt
Status Active
MLS # 170058614
Property Type --
Price Type --
LOCATION! LOCATION! LOCATION! Steps away from the beach, what else would you ask for? Ocean breeze, you got it! Breath taking sunsets, you got it! Conveniently located, two bedroom two bathroom in a gated community minutes away from Downtown Oceanside. Movie theater, museums, did we say the beach? Great unit close to all, midway to LA, Safari Park, San Diego. Recently renovated, new kitchen with Stainless Steel appliances, new bathrooms; all ready for your next vacation getaway. Summer rates: June - Sep. $5,900.00/month (MLS unable to save correct pricing). The rest of the year $4,000.00/month. We offer damage insurance for $79.00; covers up to $5,000. property damage in lieu of the $3,000.00 security deposit. With insurance; there's a $500.00 refundable key deposit. Pet fee is $100 each. Cleaning fee is $200 and processing fee $25. We also offer Travel Insurance, please inquire. no cats please.

600 N The Strand Unit 36 Oceanside, CA 92054

$4,600
2 Beds
2 Baths
1,075 SqFt
Status Active
MLS # 170060660
Property Type --
Price Type --
Amazing ocean front condo, steps to the beach and spa. Enjoy beautiful sunsets! Everything you need for the perfect vacation! This two bedroom, two bath condo is beautifully furnished with a king bed in the master. Walking distance to movie theater, Art Museum, Oceanside Pier, restaurants, community spas. Two assigned parking spaces, with plenty of guest parking in a gated underground parking lot with elevator. Towels, linens, washing machine in the unit. [Supplement]: Summer rate: June - Sept. $5,900.00/mo. (MLS system is not able to save price) The rest of the year $4,000/mo. Minimum lease requirement: 3 months per HOA. We offer damage insurance for $79; covers up to $3,000 in property damage in lieu of $3,000 security deposit. We also offer Travel Insurance. Internet and basic cable included, Gas & Electric covered up to $75; a utility bill will be provided and tenants pay over cap. $200 cleaning $25 processing fee.

459 Lexington Cr. Oceanside, CA 92057

$5,500
4 Beds
2 Baths
2,375 SqFt
Status Active
MLS # 180064617
Property Type Single Family Residence
Price Type --
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 $100/mo. tenant pays difference. Minimum one month lease. June - Sept. rate is $5,500 rest of the year is $4,800. Cleaning fee $250, processing fee $25, pet feet $100 each. Security deposit $3000. We offer damage insurance $79. This covers you for up to $3000 in damage. If you choose damage ins. in lieu of security deposit then we need $500 additional deposit.

Encinitas CA 92024

$4,250
3 Beds
2 Baths
1,467 SqFt
Status Pending
MLS # 190017484
Property Type Townhouse
Price Type --
Remodeled townhome with nice granite counters, new carpet and paint, private gated courtyard and back deck. Two bed plus bonus room/loft with two rooms. Located in a gated oceanfront community with steps to the beach just one block away, two pools/spa and tennis courts. Rare one year lease available. Available 5/5/19. Totally quiet location with detached two car garage. This won't last! Neighborhoods: Sea Bluff Complex Features: ,,,,,,,,

1418 Portofino Drive Vista, CA 92081

$4,100
3 Beds
2.5 Baths
2,150 SqFt
Status Active
MLS # 190056088
Property Type Single Family Residence
Price Type --
FULLY FURNISHED RENTAL HOUSE For Rent $3,900/MO. Home overlooks the Shadowridge golf course with panoramic views. Free parking, WiFi. Close to Oceanside and Carlsbad beaches, Legoland, shopping centers, grocery stores. Complex with community swimming pool and jacuzzi. 2 - 6 month minimum lease term required. Utilities not included. No pets allowed. Home is available now. Month to month lease up to a 6 month lease. Neighborhoods: Shadowridge Complex Features: , Sewer: Sewer Connected

3587 Normandy Oceanside, CA 92056

$7,000
5 Beds
3 Baths
2,455 SqFt
Status Active
MLS # 200023984
Property Type Single Family Residence
Price Type --
Coastal Retreat- Pool, Spa, Putting Green, Firepit, Game Room & Near Beach! With its upgraded windows, multiple ceiling fans and insulated walls, this home provides comfortable coolness, even during those rare San Diego heat waves! 2 night minimum $714/night. Dates available are July 5th-July 17th $12,000*; July 22-July 24 $1800*; Aug 1-Aug 7 $4000*; Aug 11-Aug 13; Aug 16-Aug 31 *Rates do not include below: City Tax is 11.5% Cleaning fee of $300 $500 damage deposit (refundable) Max people is 12 people The gourmet kitchen includes cookware, dinnerware and utensils. YARDS: Not feeling the beach? Well, who needs the beach when you have a backyard like this? Relax on the canopy or under the covered lounge, and have some family fun with our custom putting green. Take a dip in the large tropical pool, (warmed throughout the day with solar pads), and enjoy a natural massage compliments of the cascading waterfall. (Heating the pool is an option.) Soak in the hotel-sized Jacuzzi, and enjoy a barbecued meal at the fire pit that comfortably seats 12. The outdoor kitchen island is equipped with a new gas barbecue, one side burner and lots of prep space. You can also enjoy the peaceful tranquility of the gated courtyard in the front of the home. Listen to the calming waters of the fountain while reading on the porch swing. Both front and back yards are very private with several fruit trees ranging from lemon, lime, avocado, pomegranate, orange, loquat, and many more. Please help yourself to some fruit. BEDROOMS: This two-story house offers close to 2,800 square feet of living space. It features new wood flooring upstairs, oak cabinetry in the kitchen, an open floor plan, five beautifully appointed bedrooms and four full bathrooms. The “Whale Room” contains two twin bunk beds, books, and a treasure chest of toys. The “Seashell Room” boasts a comfortable queen size bed and plenty of closet space. The spacious master “Elephant Room,” features a new California King size bed, a 50...

1190 San Pablo Dr San Marcos, CA 92078

$2,000
-- Bed
1 Bath
500 SqFt
Status Active
MLS # 200030172
Property Type Apartment
Price Type --
Brand new ADU J in Lake San Marcos. Built with permits and Occupancy Card issued. Built by licensed contractor. Cute compact studio apartment. Fully furnished down to dishes and flatware. Light and bright with South Eastern exposure. Wood laminate floors, Plantation shutters, glass enclosed walk in shower. High end finishes with crown molding. Laundry access. Private outdoor patio large enough to store a surf board and or a bike Wonderful Lake San Marcos community. Open to guest coming for 1,2,3,4 month stay. Up to 6 months. Please view on Air BnB for availability

2072 Blue Oak Ln Vista, CA 92084

$4,800
4 Beds
3.5 Baths
2,022 SqFt
Status Active
MLS # 200052520
Property Type Single Family Residence
Price Type --
FULLY FURNISHED. Available July 1st. Gorgeous dream home! Must See to appreciate it! Was a fancy model home with all bells and whistles by Shea Homes in Serra Community. Modern chef kitchen with big island, counter seating, walk-in pantry. Light and bright. Open concept living, high ceiling. Resort style master suite with large bathroom and walk-in closet. Beautiful zen backyard. Electric car charger. Gated community. ALL Utilities, Internet Service, trash pick up, sewage included in the rent. Perfect home for corporate housing, extended vacation. Short term rental with at least 3 months to start. Absolutely gorgeous dream home! Fully furnished. Available for move in on June 1st. Home has everything. Just bring your clothes and toothbrush over to enjoy. 4 bed plus loft. 3 and half bath. Light and bright from open concept living, high ceiling, and lots of big windows. Beautiful zen backyard with water fountain. Beautiful neighborhood of gated community with large pool, club house, tot lot, BBQ, picnic area and walkways. Nearby to shops, restaurants and entertainment, parks. Close to freeways. Everything included in the rent: water, gas, electric, internet, tv, trash pick up, sewage. Home sweet home! Perfect for corporate housing or extended vacation. Min 3 month lease to start. Complex Features: ,,,,, Sewer: Sewer Connected