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

$5,500
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. All utilities, cable and Internet are included. Available year round. June - Sept. at $5,500/mo. Oct-May $4,800. House cleaning $300.00. Pet fee $100 ea. SDG&E covered up to $75, guests pay SDG&E over $75. Processing fee $25. Damage Insurance $79, 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 $500 for key, remote and utility overages. We also offer Travel Protection, please inquire.

916 Caminito Estrada Unit B Carlsbad, CA 92011

$4,300
2 Beds
2 Baths
1,188 SqFt
Status Active
MLS # 120059642
Property Type Residential Lease
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. Cable, Internet and all utilities are included (Electricity up to $75). June - Sept. $4,300/mo The rest of the year - $3700/mo House cleaning fee: $200 Processing fee: $25 Pet fee: $100 ea. In lieu or deposit we offer damage Insurance: $79, which covers up to $5000 in property damage with this option $500 key deposit- refundable or Security Deposit of $3,000. We also offer Travel Protection, please inquire.

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.

400 N The Strand Unit 18 Oceanside, CA 92054

$4,600
2 Beds
2 Baths
1,010 SqFt
Status Active
MLS # 170058614
Property Type Residential Lease
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.

459 Lexington Cr. Oceanside, CA 92057

$5,700
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 $5,700 rest of the year is $5,000. Cleaning fee $300, 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

2005 Costa Del Mar Rd. Unit 624 Carlsbad, CA 92009

$2,700
-- Bed
1.5 Baths
791 SqFt
Status Active
MLS # NDP2101671
Property Type Condominium
Price Type --
Available December 1, 2021. Gorgeous remodeled resort home! Located on the beautifully landscaped grounds of the world renowned Omni La Costa Resort & Spa!! Close to beaches, shopping, restaurants, & entertainment. Spacious studio condo, 1.5 baths, fully furnished. Remodeled kitchen & baths, full-size stainless refrigerator, granite counters, lots of cabinets. Lots of closet space, a walk-in plus built-in drawers in dressing area. Great furnishings with adjustable Cal King & Queen-sized cabinet bed. Large table and chairs along with bar stool seating. Comfortable leather sofa and flat screen TV. A/C - Heating wall unit. Refreshing community pool and jacuzzi onsite. 2nd floor home close to elevator. 1 parking space in gated community garage. Lease includes wireless internet, cable, water, trash, phone. No pets or smoking please. Views of the sparkling pool and rolling hills of La Costa from the condo. Beautiful wood and tile floors throughout. Enjoy the luxurious resort life!

1399 Temple Heights Drive Oceanside, CA 92056

$4,000
2 Beds
1 Bath
935 SqFt
Status Active
MLS # OC21129756
Property Type Single Family Residence
Price Type --
Beautiful Fully Furnished Home 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. Summer rates $4000 (June through September), rest of the year $3300. Rent includes all utilities, cable, internet, WIFI, Gas and Electric up to $75/ month, tenant pays the difference above $75. $3000 deposit and $250 cleaning fee, and a refundable $250 key/remote deposit. Centrally located near shopping and transportation hubs. Please call before showing.

368 Hemlock Avenue Carlsbad, CA 92008

$4,250
2 Beds
2.5 Baths
1,314 SqFt
Status Pending
MLS # NDP2109614
Property Type Townhouse
Price Type --
BEAUTIFUL CONDO! 2 BLOCKS FROM THE BEACH AND FULLY FURNISHED!! Available now. Minimum 6-month lease. Gorgeous beach home just blocks to Tamarack Beach and Carlsbad Village! Walk or bike to the Pacific Ocean, shopping, restaurants, entertainment! Wonderful furnished home in the Christle Cove community. Dual paned windows, ceiling fans. Cozy patio with pavers off the living room and two spacious decks off the kitchen and master bedroom. Gas barbecue included on deck. Beautiful kitchen, stainless appliances, great pantry, adjacent dining room. Porcelain wood-like tile flooring. Vaulted ceilings and wonderful ocean breeze. TV/Movie screen in living room and cozy gas fireplace. King-sized bed in master and queen in guest bedroom. Laundry in home with full-size washer and dryer included. Available now!  Looking for a one-year lease.  Will consider a shorter term. No pets and no smoking. Call us today to visit this beautiful home!

2118 Valley Rd Oceanside, CA 92056

$5,000
5 Beds
3 Baths
2,248 SqFt
Status Active
MLS # 210024012
Property Type Single Family Residence
Price Type --
Short-Term (Available Sep-Oct) Immaculate fully furnished modern spacious 5-Bedroom/3-Bath house in Oceanside with large private backyard with gazebo and fruit trees. Close to beaches,private/public golf courses, shopping and easy access to I-5. Separate living room and family room open to beautiful kitchen with large island. Downstairs has full bedroom and full bath. Upstairs has designer master suite and three additional bedrooms to allow for plenty of space to work from home and still have your privacy.Kickback and enjoy life! Relocation Special! Full relocation services provided to relocate to San Diego and purchase home of your dreams. Flexible lease terms.THE PROPERTY: Beautiful Fully Furnished Short Term Rental 5- Bedroom and 3 Bath House with Large Backyard. Master Bedroom: King Bed Bedroom 2:Queen Bed Bedroom 3: Queen Bed Bedroom 4: Queen Bed Bedroom 5 (Kids Bedroom): Twin Bed w/ Twin Trundle All of your cares will melt away as youpull up to this beautiful two-story home, with a large, manicured lawn and lush greenery all around. Step inside to find a bright and open living area with a large, contemporary sectional sofa perfect for your entire group to kick back and relax. The living area opens up to the spacious kitchen and dining area, so you'llalways feel like you're part of the conversation. The fully equipped modern kitchen boasts stainless steel appliances and a center island with a stovetop,stainless steel hood, and 2 chairs where 2 guests can keep the cook company. Serve your delicious meals at the nearby dining table large enough for yourentire family. After dinner, head into the family room where you can warm your toes in front of the fireplace as you watch your favorite show on the flat-screensmart TV. In pleasant weather, spend your days out back with a cocktail under the gazebo or enjoy a group cookout at the large patio table. Enjoy the privacyof the spacious yard surrounded by lush greenery. After a fun-filled day, retreat to one of the five bedrooms to get a good night's rest for another day ahead.THE LOCATION When it's time to explore, you'll find plenty to do in the area! Head to one of the beautiful beaches along the coast where you can spend theday at the Strand at Oceanside Pier. Sample one of the delicious restaurants, find your favorite bar and be sure to end your day watching the sunset over the ocean. Complex Features: ,

3207 Corte Bosque Carlsbad, CA 92009

$11,995
5 Beds
5.5 Baths
4,873 SqFt
Status Active
MLS # NDP2110239
Property Type Single Family Residence
Price Type --
Luxurious grounds including large pool, water features, fire features, waterslide, spa and huge grass side yard. House and pool solar, fully stocked outdoor Barbecue area complete with ice maker and TV. Dual AC systems, butler's pantry with large walk-in, finished 4 car garage, outdoor patios with built in heaters. 5 ensuite rooms including one downstairs perfect as mother-in-law suite, nanny or guest quarters. Dual staircases and loft with full bath. Master boasts plenty of room to spread out and its own fireplace and patio with views! Large master bath with his and hers walk in closets. Landscaper, pool/spa maintenance and security system included in lease. A spectacular home on one of the best, private lots in La Costa Ridge!