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!)

7039 Whitewater St. Carlsbad, CA 92011

$6,500
3 Beds
2.5 Baths
2,146 SqFt
Status Active
MLS # 200029406
Property Type Single Family Residence
Price Type --
WALK TO THE BEACH - WALK TO THE BEACH - WALK TO THE BEACH -- Ocean View -- Available Now! -- Furnished -- 6 Month Minimum Lease -- $6,500.00/mo. -- No Pets. -- HOME FEATURES: 2,146 sq/ft two story, large kitchen with ocean view, master bedroom with retreat and deck, ensuites includes walk-in closet, dual sinks, separate shower and tub, secondary bedrooms (one with a deck) has stunning ocean views. Please do not disturb tenants. WALK TO THE BEACH - WALK TO THE BEACH - WALK TO THE BEACH -- Ocean View -- Available Now! -- Furnished -- 6 Month Minimum Lease -- $6,500.00/mo. -- No Pets. -- Come home to this beautifully furnished 3 bedroom home located in the highly desirable Hanover Beach Colony community. Home features beautiful appointments throughout and marvel at the breathtaking sunsets from your private back patio. Or take a stroll along the beach, conveniently located just across the street. HOME FEATURES: 2,146 sq/ft two story, 3 bedrooms and 2.5 bathrooms, large kitchen with ocean view, master bedroom with retreat and deck, ensuites includes walk-in closet, dual sinks, separate shower and tub, secondary bedrooms (one with a deck) has the best ocean and sunset views, full kitchen amenities with granite counter tops, high quality appliances, plantation shutters, ceiling fans. GREAT location! Home is just across the street from the ocean, walking paths, and close to I-5. The community offers a pool, spa, BBQ area, and more. Nearby coffee shops include Starbucks, Pelly's Fish Market & Cafe and La Costa Coffee Roasting. Nearby restaurants include Chandler's Restaurant & Lounge and Benihana Restaurant. Nearby parks include: Poinsettia Park, Aviara Community Park and Cannon Park. -- Professionally managed by FIRST RENT Property Management. Contact Leland Banner for more information or to schedule a showing. Please do not disturb tenants. Complex Features: ,,, View: Panoramic Ocean Sewer: Sewer Connected Frontage: Ocean/Sand

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...

1841 Montgomery Avenue Cardiff By The Sea, CA 92007

$5,500
3 Beds
2.5 Baths
2 SqFt
Status Active
MLS # 200025495
Property Type Duplex
Price Type --
Avail Dec 1- Jan10,2021 Ocean view FURNISHED 3 bedroom 2.5 bath Great floor plan with living room, dining & kitchen great room.Wood island in gourmet kitchen, with Viking stove & micro.Sunfilled livingroom with hardwood floors ocean views and balcony.3rd bedroom used as office(no closet)2 fireplaces.Zen-like backyard with deck,& BBQ for entertaining.Guest room has ocean view, laundry on 2nd floor plus attached garage.(AVAIL DEC 1-January 10) Note:Cardiff School construction across the street.NO YEAR Lease

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

999 N Pacific St Unit E104 Oceanside, CA 92054

$2,300
1 Bed
1 Bath
760 SqFt
Status Active
MLS # 200037388
Property Type Stock Cooperative
Price Type --
Rental rate depends on length of lease term. Dreams do come true at this beach beauty-IT HAS IT ALL! Condo offers beautiful sit-down Ocean, White-water, and Pool VIEWS from the private balcony. Condo defines coastal living with it's premium location in the 'E' Building, just stone's throw to the ocean. Many upgrades include tile flooring throughout, granite in kitchen & bath, upgraded shower/tub, & dual paned windows. 1 Parking Space. Looking for Nov- April lease Owner does all screening w/ other fees

532 Fourth Street Encinitas, CA 92024

$5,000
1 Bed
1 Bath
900 SqFt
Status Active
MLS # 200046874
Property Type Apartment
Price Type --
PANORAMIC OCEAN VIEWS! 1 bedroom, 1 bath beach bungalow with panoramic Pacific ocean views. Decorated in beach motif and able to sleep up to 4. This home is close to all... Excellent location allowing you to walk to shops, steps to the beach, parks, surfing, library, Coaster, dining, shopping, and many activities. No parties and No Pets allowed. Please call for any questions This is a monthly lease property.

1911 Skyknoll Way Encinitas, CA 92024

$3,495
3 Beds
2 Baths
1,232 SqFt
Status Active
MLS # NDP2000917
Property Type Condominium
Price Type --
Ideal location in the coveted Vida Pacifica neighborhood of Village Park. This single story, end unit townhome has been beautifully remodeled and updated. Enter through a dutch door to a spacious light and bright family room with vaulted ceilings, bamboo flooring and fireplace. The gorgeous townhome boasts dual pane windows, recessed lighting, updated kitchen and bathrooms, Caesarstone counters, newer furnace, gas range, refrigerator, new washer and dryer. There is a new deck off the master bedroom and a large patio between the home and 2 car garage. The complex includes a pool, spa and playground. This home is conveniently located close to shopping, restaurants, beaches and excellent schools. Landlord will pay HOA fee that includes access to pool, spa and playground. Trash is included in HOA fee. Tenant responsible for SDGE and water. No pets allowed. No Smoking allowed. $3000 security deposit due when lease is signed. Minimum 1 year lease.

2561 Manchester Ave Cardiff By The Sea, CA 92007

$7,500
3 Beds
2.5 Baths
1,954 SqFt
Status Active
MLS # NDP2000884
Property Type Single Family Residence
Price Type --
**Showings to begin 10/21 ** Available for 6 month lease from January 1, 2021-June 30, 2021 only. Designed to capture the gorgeous views of this ideal location, this exquisite contemporary property features breathtaking views of the San Elijo lagoon & the ocean. This fully furnished home was completely remodeled in 2016 & has had many additional upgrades completed in the last few years. On the main level you will find an open kitchen, dining & living area with floor to ceiling windows perfect for sunset viewing. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to live the Cardiff lifestyle sought after by so many.

2252 Catalina Avenue Vista, CA 92084

$3,800
4 Beds
3 Baths
2,046 SqFt
Status Active
MLS # NDP2000909
Property Type Single Family Residence
Price Type --
Charming mid century ranch style Family Compound in one of Vista's most cherished neighborhoods. 3 Bedroom / 2 bath Main house (1400 sf) has been been tastefully restored and upgraded with new kitchen, forced air AC and heat. Detached 1 bedroom / 1 bath guest house (640 sf) is fully remodeled with designer kitchen. bath, and dual mini split HVAC system. Pool is recently re-plastered. Pool equipment is fully automated and includes high efficiency variable speed pump. Pool solar panels allow for extended swimming season. Also includes a large detached vintage shed with new roof, plumbing and electrical! The property is 1 acre with a circular driveway and includes a carport. There is no garage, but plenty of pavement behind gate to park additional vehicles and RV's. The area is one of the best in all of Vista - close to all, yet very private. The elementary, middle and high schools are all minutes away. Targeted move-in date is between 11/7-11/15/2020. Pets on approval with extra deposit, some dog breed restrictions. Tenant pays all utilities, landlord pays weekly gardener and pool maintenance. DRIVE BY ONLY FOR NOW. PLEASE DO NOT DISTURB OCCUPANTS!

1746 Morgans Avenue San Marcos, CA 92078

$2,600
2 Beds
2 Baths
1,454 SqFt
Status Active
MLS # NDP2000957
Property Type Condominium
Price Type --
SINGLE STORY LIVING: FLAT STYLE MORGANS CORNER TOWNHOME IN SAN ELIJO HILLS. Featuring a private courtyard & quality upgrades including hardwood floors, gourmet Corian kitchen with S/S appliances (micro & fridge), custom paint, A/C, spacious balcony off the living room area +large master bedroom & optional 2nd bedroom/office. Fr/Wash/dryer. 2 car garage. Community pool & spa is a short walk away & walking distance to town center, schools, parks, playground, restaurants & more! Available for 11/1 move-in. Pets will be considered with restrictions, please inquire. Available for Nov 1st move-in. PRIVATE LOCATION and TOP UPGRADES. Popular floor plan with single story living. Located in the desirable Morgans Corner community with pool & spa, beautiful Mediterranean design, walking distance to town center/shops & restaurants, right in the heart of San Elijo Hills. Large master bedroom PLUS optional 2nd bedroom/office & 2 baths. Large living room and kitchen (all on same level with large covered balcony), private courtyard & more. Have a barbecue party on your private courtyard before cooling off in the community pool & spa. 2 car attached side by side garage. *** Desirable Morgans Corner community in San Elijo Hills, with pool and spa. San Elijo Hills neighborhood includes desirable schools (Middle & Elementary), ballparks, soccer field, picnic tables, bbq, playgrounds, dog park, community center & all are within walking distance. Enjoy the shops and eateries along with the nearly completed 18 miles of trails & 19 acre park, 1000 acres of open space. Applicant to verify all information and sizes, including sq.ft. prior to signing lease agreement. Room dimensions, sizes and sq. ft. are approximate.

120 5th Street Encinitas, CA 92024

$16,000
3 Beds
3 Baths
2,060 SqFt
Status Active
MLS # NDP2001058
Property Type Condominium
Price Type --
Stunning 3 Bedroom, 2 Bathroom furnished condo in an OCEANFRONT complex WEST of Hwy. 101 with private stairs access to Moonlight Beach. Home features high-end appliances, granite countertops, recessed lighting, & travertine flooring in the kitchen. Remodeled bathrooms are similar to those found in luxurious spas. Prepare to pamper yourself! Complex has a refreshing pool & an invigorating spa & a large patio area complete with chaise lounges, tables, & chairs - perfect for relaxing & reading a good book. [Supplement]: Monthly rental - 30 day minimum. Rates are SEASONAL - $11,025/mo-$21,200/mo. Please inquire directly with Agent for specific rate.COVID - 19 SHOWING DISCLOSURE 1. Showing this home is at your own risk. 2. No one exhibiting ANY signs of illness including coughing, sneezing, runny nose, or hay fever may enter the home. 3. Maximum showing party of 3 adults including realtor, NO CHILDREN (highly recommended that people over 65 not be in the showing party) 4.The showing Realtor is the ONLY person who may open doors for their clients. 5. No one in the showing party may touch Seller's personal property. Have a fully executed PEAD form.

1636 Sonata Lane San Marcos, CA 92078

$2,500
2 Beds
2 Baths
1,048 SqFt
Status Active
MLS # NDP2001176
Property Type Condominium
Price Type --
One story garden condominium for lease beginning Nov 1, 2020. Two bedrooms, two baths, private patio, AC, one year lease. Updated kitchen..Lake San Marcos amenities not included but individual memberships available. Refrigerator, washer dryer available. small pet considered with pet deposit.