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!)

876 Bonita Dr Encinitas, CA 92024

$6,000
3 Beds
2.5 Baths
2,300 SqFt
Status Active
MLS # 220029583SD
Property Type Single Family Residence
Price Type --
Encinitas Living at its best! A very special home in a private compound, with bright rooms, high ceilings and ocean views. Each room is spacious with hardwood floors! Includes a large family room with direct access to backyard, 3 bedrooms, 2.5 bath areas. Large master bedroom includes fireplace and private view balcony. A living room with fireplace that is adjacent to a dining room, gourmet kitchen and large balcony....stainless steel appliances. This home is perfect for entertaining. A large, fenced yard. The home includes a two car garage, laundry room, gated entry and much, much more. Easy access to great walking areas, shopping, highway 5, beaches, A rated schools. Available immediately. Terms: One year lease, $6,500 rent per month, equal security deposit, Small dog ok, non smoking only. One year lease, $6500 per month, equal deposit. Tenant pays all utilities. Small dog allowed. No smokers.

1087 Regal Encinitas, CA 92024

$4,995
2 Beds
2 Baths
1,000 SqFt
Status Active
MLS # NDP2211830
Property Type Residential Lease
Price Type --
This is a fully furnished, monthly remodeled, gorgeous, immaculately clean furnished home! Relish in the coastal life. Available now til Jan 16 and March 31- May 1st. Please read ENTIRE listing. Thank you! This completely renovated home is less than 1 mile to the beach/Swamis and Downtown Encinitas. Walking distance to cute coffeeshops, eateries, bars, grocery stores, & clothing boutiques. Full renovation. Everything new and fresh. Modern minimalism at its best: - A/C - Private, fully fenced yard with tree swing - Outdoor shower - Driveway with private parking area - luxury vinyl flooring throughout - stainless steel appliances - Fresh exterior paint (exterior of house is now a deep grey, not the brown as seen in some photos) - white linens/towels - Keyless entry pad - Smart TVs (inside & outside) - Back unit of a duplex (completely separate from the front unit) - 2 Queen Beds plus a day bed - Washer/Dryer

1446 La Habra Drive San Marcos, CA 92078

$4,800
2 Beds
2 Baths
1,738 SqFt
Status Active
MLS # NDP2211981
Property Type Single Family Residence
Price Type --
Lakefront Twin-Home coming soon! All NEW appliances included! - New quartz countertops - New laminate wood flooring throughout - New stainless steel appliances - New paint though out - New Cabinets LAKE SAN MARCOS RESORT LIFE STYLE, Amenities Included!! - 2 Golf Courses: an executive and full-size 18 hole course -Tennis -Basketball -Pickle ball -Pool and Spa -Recreation Center -Restaurants -Shopping at your fingertips Wake up to mature, lush gardens on your private patio as you enjoy your morning Walk to the lake and interact with the wildlife as boats pass by. Take advantage of this BEAUTIFUL Twin-Home with 2 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms and AMAZING location next to Lake San Marcos and enjoy BEAUTIFUL a neighborhood ON THE WATER RESORT LIFESTYLE! Award Winning School District! AVAILABLE 2/14/2023! RENTS $4800/mo w/ $4800 Security Deposit. Pet Rent $100/mo per pet, 1-2 pets ok (no restrictions!). 12 Month Lease. Resident pays all utilities and services. Tenant pays Renters Insurance. Must have good credit and verifiable income 2.5x rent. Application $35/adult. Square Footage estimated.

442 2nd St Unit G Encinitas, CA 92024

$3,500
1 Bed
1 Bath
500 SqFt
Status Active
MLS # NDP2212009
Property Type Condominium
Price Type --
MOONLIGHT BEACH APARTMENTS!! STEPS TO THE SAND! AVAILABLE: 2/6/23 - 2/28/23, 4/1/23 - 7/31/23, 9/1/23 and forward. FULLY FURNISHED 1 BEDROOM APARTMENT AT THE MOONLIGHT BEACH APARTMENTS. 442 2nd St. #G, Encinitas, California 92024 Location matters! Experience the best that Encinitas has to offer from this bright, steps to the sand, 1922 renovated beach cottage. This cottage features a charmingly modern and relaxing decor that is great for an extended vacation or working holiday. Its ideal location is one block from the famed Encinitas dining district and just two blocks in either direction from both Moonlight Beach and The Coaster Rail, which gets you anywhere in San Diego quickly. Welcome to Encinitas, San Diego's Gem! Just steps away from Moonlight Beach. Surfer's paradise!! Available by the month. Gorgeous remodeled 1 bedroom furnished home. All hard surfaces new custom vinyl flooring. Large bedroom plus pull-out in living room. Lots of built in storage in bedroom and hall. Ceiling fans in bdrm and living room. Newly remodeled bathroom. Gas stove, refrigerator, granite countertops, and brush nickel fixtures. Great breezes. End unit with no one above or below. New cabinets. Assigned parking spot in community lot and on-street parking. Community laundry on-site. Barbecue area for residents. No pets please. Call us today to visit this amazing home!

4483 Brisbane Way Unit 1 Oceanside, CA 92058

$2,800
2 Beds
2 Baths
1,141 SqFt
Status Active
MLS # SW22260627
Property Type Condominium
Price Type --
Lovely 2 Bed 2 Bath Condo in BRISBANE COMPLEX! This unit features cherry wood cabinets, stainless steel appliances, fireplace in living room, and a separate dining room with balcony. Newer LVT flooring in the Living and Dining Rooms. Primary suite features large bedroom, a walk-in closet and full bathroom. In-unit laundry with full size washer and dryer included (without warranty). Marble looking tile in kitchen, entry, and bathrooms. Ceiling fans in every room as well as central AC!! Unit has single garage space as well as one reserved parking space in neighborhood. Community has pool, spa, and playground, and is close to San Luis Rey bike trail, Oceanside Golf Course, and freeway. Only a short drive to the beach! For you Marines, it's a 5 minute drive to the San Luis Rey gate at Camp Pendleton. Submit an application to rent today! Rent includes all appliances (fridge, range, microwave, dishwasher, plus washer/dryer), access to the all HOA amenities, plus trash service. Tenants pay for all additional utilities and services. NO SMOKING. Animals are considered on a case-by-case basis, but please be reasonable. Click on the Virtual Tour link for more photos. Will rent QUICKLY~!~

7424 Altiva Place Carlsbad, CA 92009

$2,995
2 Beds
2 Baths
1,032 SqFt
Status Pending
MLS # 220030194SD
Property Type Single Family Residence
Price Type --
Charming La Costa condo located in the Spyglass Point complex! The home is light and bright with fresh paint and a quiet upper corner unit! This super clean home w/ full size laundry machines installed inside the condo also features one assigned parking space, plus a one car garage, which has a massive storage room making it a rare find! This home features 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, brand new flooring throughout, custom plantation shutters, A/C, gorgeous fireplace & newer water heater. The community complex has BBQ, pool, spa, entertainment center across the parking lot with extra guest parking! Water & Trash is included, 1 animal negotiable, no smoking! Don't wait on this desired La Costa condo with award winning schools, trending shopping & restaurants and conveniently located close to freeways and business park. The information contained herein has been obtained from various sources, and is not guaranteed by, Broker. Prospective tenants are advised to conduct their own investigation of the information contained herein before proceeding with an offer to lease this property.

Los Angeles CA 90048

$3,695
2 Beds
1.5 Baths
1,325 SqFt
Status Active
MLS # 23228349
Property Type Apartment
Price Type --
NO SECURITY DEPOSIT!! FIRST MONTH FREE WITH 13 MONTH LEASE...Gorgeous Front Facing Townshouse in Vintage Spanish Architecture Building. AAA location, walking distance to La Cienega, 3rd Street, Beverly Center and Grove. Hardwood Floors throughout. First Floor has Living Room, Dining Area, Hall Way with Closets, Kitchen, Service Porch with separate entrance and Half Bath. Upstairs has 2 Bedrooms, Hallway with LInen Closets, Bathroom with separate shower and bathtub. There is a Balcony off the bigger of the two bedrooms. The apartment has Old Word Charm and will appeal to those that do not want to live in a Modern Building that lacks character. This apartment has a feel more like an home than an apartment, it is a Front Facing Unit and shares only one common wall with the next door neighbor. Window AC will be installed. There are Washer and Dryer Hookups and the ownership may install a small stack Washer and Dryer unit. Parking is $200 per month extra and up to two spaces may be avliable. There is also Permit Parking on the Street. The Policy regarding Application Approval includes but is not limited to the following criteria: 1. 700 or higher Experian Vantage 3 Score with no Late Payments or Derogatory Reporting 2. Income of at least 3 times the rent amount plus expenses on the Credit Report and other objective and verifiable expenses 3. At least 6 times the Rent Amount is Savings/Liquid Funds/Stocks etc. Application Fees are $45 per application and all parties that will reside on site must complete an application. Small Pets will be considered...No Security Deposit will be charged.

3611 Terrace Place Carlsbad, CA 92010

$5,200
4 Beds
3 Baths
2,579 SqFt
Status Active
MLS # NDP2300027
Property Type Single Family Residence
Price Type --
Main bedrooms just repainted! Happy cheerful interiors and well maintained yard & exteriors on a Double cul-de-sac street. 1 bedroom and full bathroom downstairs and a full 3 car garage, with a 2 car garage having direct access to the house, and one available via remote on the other side. The single car garage makes a nice utility or an extra hobby room with window in front. Inside the house you will find freshly painted interiors, mostly wood laminate flooring and window coverings throughout. Large open kitchen with adjacent family room fireplace great for upcoming winter holidays! Kitchen has a work station, a Five burner gas stove, microwave, conventional oven included. High vaulted dining and living room area with natural lighting. Upstairs Laundry room includes brand new washer and dryer (yeah !!) with full size sink, storage cabinets and even hanging clothes rod (another yeah). Just a notation this home has 3 full size bathrooms all with showers, two with tubs also. The backyard is Private and includes wonderful palms and green landscaping. Monthly gardener included in the lease fee. Just off College and Tamarack. Just a few streets from Calaveras Hills Elementary and Middle Schools, and the wonderful 4.8 mile Lake Calaveras Trails! See link for Trail info:Lake Calaveras Trail Info. A few miles south of the 78

1333 Evergreen Cardiff By The Sea, CA 92007

$3,450
2 Beds
2 Baths
922 SqFt
Status Active
MLS # NDP2300082
Property Type Condominium
Price Type --
Beautifully remodeled 2/2 condo in Park Place. Most units of this model are 1 and 1/2 baths, this one has been upgraded with another 3/4 bath with oversized shower. Single level, fireplace, fenced patio. High end tile in kitchen and baths. Brand new carpet and new paint throughout. This is the nicest unit in Park Place, in a great, quiet location. One reserved car-port space. Washer/Dryer included. One year lease, $3,550/mo. $3,750 deposit. Pets negotiable. Credit report and references required.

868 Marigold Ct Carlsbad, CA 92011

$4,300
2 Beds
2 Baths
1,268 SqFt
Status Active
MLS # NDP2300117
Property Type Condominium
Price Type --
Beautiful Carlsbad Furnished 2 bedroom condo. ** 3 - 12 Month Lease ** Walk to the beach from Carlsbad Crest located at I-5 and Poinsettia Ave. Single level, upstairs condo, with 2 bedrooms 2 baths, a one car garage, lots of parking, nice, big balcony, community pool and beach close. Also close to shopping, restaurants, resorts and golf courses at Aviara and La Costa. Available approx 5 March 2023. No pets.

2930 Doreet Way Carlsbad, CA 92008

$5,500
4 Beds
3 Baths
2,992 SqFt
Status Active
MLS # 230000809SD
Property Type Single Family Residence
Price Type --
This beautiful 4 bedrooms 3 bath home is situated on a cul-de-sac just a few minutes far from Carlsbad Village, beaches, restaurants and more. This amazingly upgraded home offers 2992 square feet of living space and a bedroom downstairs with it's private attached bathroom. The enormous master suite upstairs comes with a large walk-in closet and a balcony with beautiful views. The second bedroom upstairs has another balcony looking over the driveway. 3 car garage. Huge beautiful back yard. Buena Vista Elementary School, Valley Middle School and Carlsbad High School are all within 1 mile distance. FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS: - Pool? Yes, there is a community pool - Available to move in: immediately - Washer/Dryer: Included in laundry room - Air Conditioning/Heating: Yes, central. - Parking: 3 car garage, 2 on driveway and street parking - Tenant pays: Water, Gas, Electricity and Trash - Owner pays for: Common area maintenance - Pet allowed? Yes - Pet fees: $50 per month per pet. Increased deposit $500 per pet. - Security Deposit: 1 month's rent - No Smoking - Income requirement: 2.5 x monthly rent - Credit and screening report paid by applicant. $40 per adult applicant. Non-refundable. - Lease length: 12 months - Renter's insurance: Tenant must carry renter's insurance.

3130 Madison Street Carlsbad, CA 92008

$6,395
3 Beds
3 Baths
2,026 SqFt
Status Active
MLS # NDP2300291
Property Type Apartment
Price Type --
Brand New Construction- Luxury 3 Bd/3 Ba (plus office/den), 2,026 sf luxury townhome (only 4 units within complex) in highly desirable location in downtown Carlsbad Village available for lease! Just blocks from the beach and the heart of Carlsbad Village, which includes fantastic restaurants, boutiques, coffee shops, and a farmers market every Wednesday evening. Easy freeway access (Hwy 5) and walking distance to the Carlsbad train station. Sales value of this unit would be around $2,000,000+. Open floor plan. Secured entry. Spacious closets. Garbage included in the rent. Brand new luxury kitchen appliances included refrigerator, dishwasher and 5-burner gas stove/oven. Two (2) reserved parking spaces in common area garage (plus one dedicated EV charger) with secured entry. Private rooftop deck with ocean breezes! Large balcony that runs length of family room/dining area. Energy efficient with split unit AC/Heat system. Washing machine/dryer in unit. New window coverings have been installed since these photos were taken. Small pets negotiable upon owner approval with additional deposit (no cats). Please call Christian Vickery with Vickery Properties at 619-535-7737 to schedule a tour.