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!)

930 Via Di Felicita Encinitas, CA 92024

$5,300
5 Beds
3.5 Baths
3,950 SqFt
Status Pending
MLS # 81004407
Property Type Residential Lease
Price Type --
Olivenhain Meadows sngle story- Highly sought after neighborhood. Beautiful semi-custom gated executive home w/pool, spa, waterfall. Avail. furnished or unfurnished. Newer home w/high-end appliances. Great overall condition w/many upgrades. Lease term 12-36 mo. No smoking. Will consider one pet. Owner/Broker. [Supplement]: Beautiful home in great condition. Granite counter-tops in kitchen with cherrywood cabinets, high-end appliances, extensive built-ins, large custom pool with spa. Private flag lot for privacy. Home backs to equestrian ranch. Horse & walking trails just outside property. Peaceful setting with horses close by & quiet neighborhood.

6559 Petunia Place Carlsbad, CA 92011

$5,500
5 Beds
5 Baths
4,538 SqFt
Status Pending
MLS # 120045777
Property Type Single Family Residence
Price Type --
[Supplement]: Beautiful Seaside Estates home located on double cul-de-sac! Model home quality with numerous upgrades. Upon entering this home notice the custom iron embelishment on the front door and adjacent dining room window. A large circular entry with a soaring ceiling and elegant design of travertine, granite and bronze medallions on the floor. The home is highlighted with recessed lighting, wood and travertine floors, upgraded carpet, custom paint, designer window treatments including plantation shutters,crown molding, door casings and window sills throughout. The sports style room with pool table can be converted to a first floor bedroom with full bath. The gourmet kitchen features rich wood cabinetry, slab style granite, a large center island, full back splash of stone and decorative bronze inserts, wine refrigerator, walk in pantry, built in desk with drawers and granite top, stainless steel appliances, pendant lighting, and a 42 built in regrigerator. The family room has a cozy stone ledge style fireplace with large mantle, surround sound and built-in wood media center. Dual staircases leading up to second story of this magnificent home. Double door entry leads you into master suite and private retreat. The master suite includes a private deck to sit outside and enjoy the beautiful California sunsets and ocean views. The master bath exhibits an extra large shower, marble and travertine stone work throughout, and his and her walk-in closets. All the secondary bedrooms/baths include designer touches, custom paint, walk-in closets and ceiling light/fans. The entertainers back yard is tastefully decorated with outside living area, fire pit and covered dining enclosure, lush landscaping and room for a pool. Freeway and Beach close! Lease Option now available.

459 Lexington Cr. Oceanside, CA 92057

$6,000
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, 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. Monthly rate is $6,000. Cleaning fee $300, processing fee $25, pet feet $100 each. Security deposit $2000.

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

1399 Temple Heights Drive Oceanside, CA 92056

$3,250
2 Beds
1 Bath
935 SqFt
Status Active
MLS # OC21129756
Property Type Single Family Residence
Price Type --
Beautiful Fully Furnished Home $3250 ! Enjoy City Lights and Mountain Views on an Elevated Corner Lot in highly desirable Peacock Hills 55+ Senior Community. Remodeled 2 bedroom, 1 bath, with Expanded with a bright sunny Family Room with french doors that lead to a relaxing, private back yard. Enjoy the large kitchen with a pass-thru window to the Family Room. Master has a King size bed and second has a Queen bed. Fully equipped, fridge, microwave, washer and dryer, attached garage. Brand New Central Air Conditioning. Year round long term rental $3,250. $3250 deposit and and a refundable $150 key/remote deposit. Centrally located near shopping and transportation hubs. Please call before showing.

Encinitas CA 92024

$8,400
3 Beds
2 Baths
1,995 SqFt
Status Pending
MLS # 210031071
Property Type Single Family Residence
Price Type --
This is a special home with detailed amenities that include outdoor patios, spacious living area, cozy bedrooms and updates. The kitchen is a gourmet delight. All this on one of the most coveted streets in Leucadia! Your own private oasis awaits you! West of the 5 freeway, only a few blocks from local restaurants and Beacons Beach. . Relax with a cup of coffee on the front patio .First floor includes: Hard wood floors, Full bedroom suite on first floor, spacious living room with fireplace, a kitchen that is gourmet delight, sitting room, and dining room.Second floor, has two bedrooms and full bath. Separate laundry room. Entertain or hang out in the fabulous rear patio, outdoor covered living area. Spacious backyard with plenty of room for out door play. Two car garage . Front and rear yards are fenced, private and surrounded by lush landscaping. Plenty of outdoor space on 0.27 acre property. WELCOME HOME! One year lease or more. Or shorter period. Sewer: Septic Installed

3587 Normandy Oceanside, CA 92056

$15,000
4 Beds
3 Baths
2,455 SqFt
Status Active
MLS # 210032376
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*. 2022 Dates available are *Feb $13,000/mo, *March $13000/mo; *April $14,000/mo. Weekly rates $8000/week*. Rental special for extended stay from end of Jan through March and possibly April. On VRBO but better to reserve through listing agent. *Rates do not include below: City Tax is 11.5% Cleaning fee of $350 $1000 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’ flat screen TV, and a large walk-in shower. These 3 rooms share a spacious master bathroom with an adjoining powder room. The second master suite, the “Jungle Room,” is a large, one bedroom, apartment-style quarter that includes a New Cal King bedroom set, private entrance and court yard, full access to the main house, and a private bathroom. It also includes its own smaller full kitchen. The downstairs “Seahorse Room” has a new queen sized bed, with French doors leading to a private courtyard. A full bathroom is adjacent and also contains access to the private courtyard. Need more beds? There are also 2 comfortable roll-a-way beds. The game room will keep you or your kids entertained for hours! It features a classic arcade game table with 412 classic games. Also includes shuffleboard, a high-end electric dartboard, a foosball table, & more. Complex Features: ,

3730 Via Del Rancho Oceanside, CA 92056

$4,000
2 Beds
2 Baths
1,208 SqFt
Status Active
MLS # NDP2113537
Property Type Single Family Residence
Price Type --
Sophisticated single-level home available for rent. Fully furnished, available for 31+ day vacation rental. Includes cozy linens and towels, kitchen supplies, modern furniture, hardwood floors, etc. Perfect for the working executive or as a calming retreat to relax and recharge. Very clean and private. Located on quiet street in Shadowridge. Includes WI-FI, yard service, water, and trash. Owner provides SDGE up to $100 a month. Security deposit varies depending on duration of lease. All rent is pre-paid prior to move-in. Reservation Fee: $100, Cleaning Fee: $325. Must have good credit. Currently available Dec 1, 2022.

1532 Neptune Encinitas, CA 92024

$9,500
3 Beds
3 Baths
1,356 SqFt
Status Active
MLS # NDP2207922
Property Type Residential Lease
Price Type --
This is the upstairs half of a newly redone three-bedroom oceanfront duplex. The owner is only looking for very long term tenants so a multiple year or options to extend are acceptable. Two-car garage, appliances and laundry included. No pets preferred but owner is open to that possibility with an additional deposit. The downstairs two-bedroom unit, also with a two-car garage, appliances and laundry etc., is now completed and available at $7,800. To see either property please call the agent.

501 N Pacific Street Unit 23 Oceanside, CA 92054

$3,500
2 Beds
2 Baths
1,274 SqFt
Status Active
MLS # ND22178522
Property Type Condominium
Price Type --
Vacation beach rental open for the month of May 2023 ($3,500/mo.)! Quiet complex, mostly owner occupied. Furnished 2/2 condo sleeps 4, available May only. Sorry, no pets or smoking. Cleaning fee $240. WiFi & utilities included (sdg&e $120 max. any additional, renter pays). Security deposit $3,000. EV charging available. Currently guest occupied, no showings please. Pictures are current. Thank you!

848 Dewitt Avenue Encinitas, CA 92024

$9,950
3 Beds
2.5 Baths
2,150 SqFt
Status Active
MLS # PTP2205651
Property Type Single Family Residence
Price Type --
Stunningly remodeled coastal Encinitas 3 bedroom, 2.5 bath home featuring ocean views available for lease starting October 1st. The property was completely rebuilt in 1994 and underwent an interior remodel between 2008 - 2009. This tranquil home features beautiful wide plank hardwood flooring, an open floor plan, modern cable railing and a cozy fireplace in the living area. The updated kitchen is complete with stainless steel appliances, an oversized eat-in island, wet bar and built in wine refrigerator. The west facing wall is lined with large glass doors and windows to ensure the home is bathed in natural light. Enjoy relaxing on decks at both the main living level as well as a private retreat off the primary bedroom. The large private backyard is lined with mature trees to provide a lush landscape to that feels like the quintessential Encinitas beach home. Walk out your front door and enjoy the shops, bars and restaurants in downtown Encinitas. Nestled between Swami's Beach & Moonlight Beach the location can't be beat. Email for viewing opportunities and qualifications to lease the property, thank you!