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: ,,

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: ,,

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.

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

400 N The Strand Unit 18 Oceanside, CA 92054

$4,600
2 Beds
2 Baths
1,010 SqFt
Status Active
MLS # 170058614
Property Type Stock Cooperative
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

$5,900
2 Beds
2 Baths
1,075 SqFt
Status Active
MLS # 170060660
Property Type Single Family Residence
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. Summer rate: June - August $5,900.00/mo Winter: Dec - March: $4,000/mo All other months: Sept-Nov, April - May $3,600.00/mo Minimum lease requirement: 3 months per HOA. We offer damage insurance for $69; covers up to $3,000 in property damage in lieu of $1,000 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. $150 cleaning $25 processing fee. Neighborhoods: The Strand Complex Features: , View: Parklike,Panoramic Ocean Frontage: Ocean/Sand

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

663 Diamond Wy. Unit 230 Vista, CA 92083

$1,799
2 Beds
2 Baths
878 SqFt
Status Active
MLS # 190024952
Property Type Single Family Residence
Price Type --
AVAILABLE 6/1/2019: Light & airy 2 bedroom, 2 bathroom condo with hillside, mountain views. Upstairs unit is also on a large green area with mature landscaping all around. The home features all appliances, including a full-sized washer & dryer. The kitchen has modern appliances & granite countertops. Balcony off of the living room is perfect for barbecuing. Community has resort features: gym, pool, spa, & tennis. The Park is just minutes from both I-5 & I-15 as it's just north of Hwy. 78. See Supp. 1.) 1 Year Lease is Required - $1,799.00/mo. for 12 mos. 2.) Security Deposit shall equal one month's rent. 3.) Up to 2 pets (no greater than 40 lbs. in TOTAL WEIGHT) are accepted for an additional $100/mo. rent EACH. 4.) Good-to-Excellent credit is required. 5.) Applicant is responsible for NON-REFUNDABLE credit check fee and it's $29.99/Applicant. 6.) NO SMOKERS ACCEPTED. 7.) No Section 8. 8.) Do not apply if you don't pay your bills on time. 9.) Co-Signer OK for those with little credit. 10.) No Bankruptcies or unlawful detainers. Neighborhoods: Vista Complex Features: ,,,,,,,,, View: Parklike 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

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

$2,700
-- Bed
1.5 Baths
791 SqFt
Status Active
MLS # 200007270
Property Type Stock Cooperative
Price Type --
Gorgeous remodel!! Lovely resort home! Located on the beautifully landscaped grounds of the world renowned Omni La Costa Resort & Spa!! Wonderful pool and spa! Minutes to beaches, shopping, restaurants, & entertainment. Bright & spacious studio condo, 1.5 baths, fully furnished. Stunning 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 which adjustable Cal King bed plus 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 spa onsite. Second floor home closest to elevator. One parking space in gated community parking 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! Rent can range from $2,700/month to $3,000/month depending on time of year and length of stay.