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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
Price Type --
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: ,,

6735 Russelia Court Carlsbad, CA 92011

$4,800
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. Summer rate $4800/mo, Winter rate $3900/mo all other $3400/mo. Cleaning fee $150. Damage Ins. $69. Extra cleaning fee for Pet $50. June, July Aug. & Sept. at $4800/mo. Dec.-March $3,900 rest of the year $3400. 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: Carlsbad 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
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, cable 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 $2,100/month (September - May). High season pricing is $2,750/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. 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
Price Type --
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

4524 Royal Oak Oceanside, CA 92056

$3,200
2 Beds
1 Bath
834 SqFt
Status Active
MLS # 160052884
Property Type Duplex
Price Type --
Tastefully furnished and upgraded unit in the lovely 55+ Peacock Hills Senior Community. Close to shopping center, restaurants, parks and freeways. This bright and airy two bedroom one bathroom has it all. Fully upgraded and fully furnished. Just bring toothbrush! Pets consider upon approval - per HOA regulations. One month minimum. Basic cable, Internet and SDG&E cap of $75 included. We do offer damage insurance for $69 which covers up to $3,000 in property damage in lieu of the $1,000 security deposit. If you opt for the damage insurance, please know we'll need to collect an additional $300 key deposit. This will cover the loss of any house keys or garage door opener. SDG&E cap of $75, tenants pay anything above cap along with requested upgrades on cable (currently basic) or internet. Summer Rates: $3,200.00 Off season Rates: $2,800.00 Neighborhoods: Peacock Hills

428 S Ditmar Street Oceanside, CA 92054

$3,295
2 Beds
1 Bath
998 SqFt
Status Active
MLS # OC18136872
Property Type Single Family Residence
Price Type --
Spectacular tudor style house! Flexible term from 3 days to 12 months plus lease provided it is not booked/occupied. Walking distance to the water, pier, restaurants, a variety of services. Very comfortable, nicely appointed 2 bedroom/1 bath house with 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 30 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 $4995 with services/utilities. July $6595 and August rate is $6395 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.

7509 Jerez Ct. Unit 1 Carlsbad, CA 92009

$3,500
3 Beds
2.5 Baths
1,495 SqFt
Status Active
MLS # 180037155
Property Type Townhouse
Price Type --
Gorgeous La Costa Vista home!! Available May 9, 2020 until June 14, 2020. Rental rate range $3,500 to $4,000 per month based on season and length of stay. Open floor plan makes this home great for family living or entertaining. The beautiful kitchen has granite counters, stainless steel appliances including gas stove, lots of cupboard space, and a bar stool area. Home is open and airy with high ceilings, bright walls. Beautiful tile floors downstairs. Right on the golf course!! See Supplement! Master bedroom includes king size bed, walk-in closet and a lovely balcony overlooking the golf course. Relax in the master bathroom tub overlooking the golf course or enjoy the stand-up shower. Second bedroom includes queen bed, television, and lots of closet space. Second bath includes shower/tub combo. Third bedroom allows for sleeping for 2 with bunk bed. New, front loading washer & dryer upstairs in laundry closet near bedrooms. One parking space in the attached 2-car garage is for tenant use. Additional street parking nearby. No smoking or pets please. Neighborhoods: La Costa Vista

459 Lexington Cr. Oceanside, CA 92057

$5,000
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, 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

6731 Hyacinth Circle Carlsbad, CA 92011

$4,800
3 Beds
2 Baths
1,339 SqFt
Status Active
MLS # 190011620
Property Type Townhouse
Price Type --
Beautiful single story, three bedroom two bath twin home with Ocean view and a large patio. Master has king bed, second bedroom queen and third bedroom has a sofa sleeper which becomes a double bed. Available April 1- Sept. 30, 2020. Price includes, Cable, Internet, water, trash and SDG&E up to $75.00. See supplement for complete rate breakdown. Summer June - Sept $4800/mo Other months: $3800 Reservation $25 House Cleaning $175 Pet Cleaning $50 Damage Protection $69, which covers up to $3,000 in property damage. This option requires a $300 refundable key deposit. OR, Security Deposit $3,000. We also offer Travel Protection, please inquire. Neighborhoods: Carlsbad Complex Features: ,,,,,, View: Panoramic Ocean

1625 Appaloosa Oceanside, CA 92057

$2,750
3 Beds
2 Baths
1,270 SqFt
Status Active
MLS # 190033549
Property Type Single Family Residence
Price Type --
Incredibly charming country home in desirable Jeffries Ranch. 3 bedroom 2 bath single story, lot of natural light throughout the home. Large back-yard with plenty of room. Home will rent un-furnished. Pictures were taken pre-tenant in Feb 2018 Available 7/20/2019 Please call or text agent directly at 760.845.2844 All showings will be scheduled for Saturday 6/22/19 from 12-1:30Pm by appointment only Neighborhoods: Jeffries Ranch Sewer: Sewer Connected

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

Encinitas CA 92024

$5,200
3 Beds
3 Baths
1,855 SqFt
Status Active
MLS # 200001972
Property Type Duplex
Price Type --
Located in a gated oceanfront community with steps to the beach just down the street, ocean views, two pools, jacuzzi, tennis courts, pickle ball court and playground. This home has a greenbelt next door so it's private. Beautiful hardwood floors, vaulted ceilings, open floorpan and huge wrap around ocean view deck for entertaining. This home is offered a discount and a full year lease because there is a large construction project next door. Furnished. RENTED UNTIL 6/15. SUMMER RATES ARE $10K-$12K. Neighborhoods: Sea Bluff Complex Features: ,,,,,,,, View: Panoramic Ocean Sewer: Sewer Connected