I thought I had found a TOO GOOD TO BE TRUE apartment on Craigslist. This guy gave waaaay too much information about his personal life. The idiot ask me for $600 BEFORE viewing an apartment! You don't pay for anything before you're allowed to even see it! These are emails I've received...
The house is a 2 bedroom but i used as a one bed with mainly cloths and a small office space in the other room. It is available for rent furnished or unfurnished. Holding deposit is 1 month rent @ $600/MO which would be converted to Security deposit should you choose to accept tenancy agreement. Lease agreement is perfect. The parking space is first come, first serve but i can guarantee you will always get a space as there are not much cars parked on the street.
As you will agree, it will be difficult for me to come down all the way from Canada and also being that i cannot leave my mother all alone due to her condition. There is a viewing prearrangement made with a very close friend, a Lawyer who lives in Golden, Illinois. He has the keys and will be able to come and show you the inside if all requirements are met. His name is Vincent Genella and I trust him.
My previous agent was laid off due to incompetence by approving an application with no job history, no credit, just one reference who happens to forge a signature as an Employer. An individual who my so called house manager refused to evict even when most of the surrounding neighbors also complained about his activities and he almost daily violated the clause of the lease guaranteeing Peaceful Enjoyment of the property. I called the police on him 4 times, two other neighbors called the police. I just got him evicted finally and renovated the place. There is a Restraining order on the house as of now to keep it safe.
Please contact Vincent Genella; email@example.com
Gerhard did make an arrangement with me concerning his property for rent. We really appreciate your cooperation and understanding towards this process despite the circumstances involved. Thank you. I have the keys to the property here in Golden, Illinois and I can over to conduct a showing. As a matter of fact, I visited the property 2 weeks ago to conduct a viewing for a couple that were interested in buying but the deal stalled because they couldn't secure the job they hoped for in that area.
To begin this pre arrangement, I need you to fill it out an Application, co-sign a Holding Agreement (attached to this email) and return via email together with a transfer receipt as proof of Holding Process fee. I will legally request a consumer report that will contain information about your credit characteristics, character, general reputation, lifestyle, rental history(i.e information from previous landlords or from public records like housing court or eviction files). This will be prepared by a CRA - a business that assembles such reports for us and will help us evaluate your rental applications and will include the following :
1. A credit report from a credit bureau, either from Trans Union, Experian, and Equifax or an affiliate company;
2. A report from a tenant-screening service that describes the applicant's rental history based on reports from previous landlords or housing court records;
3. A report from a tenant-screening service that describes the applicant's rental history, and also includes a credit report the service got from a credit bureau;
4. A report from a tenant-screening service that is limited to a credit report the service got from a credit bureau
5. A report from a reference-checking service that contacts previous landlords or other parties listed on the rental application on behalf of the rental property owner.
I will have this documents reviewed (conduct proper checks on your references and credit score- No Administration Fee Required). Upon completion, i will forward all details/results to Gerhard for his approval after which i will provide you with a date to meet me at the property to view the inside. I will be coming with a Rental Contract for 6 months so you can sign in-person if everything suites you. You can extend such contract after the completion of 6 months.
In the event of the tenancy going through i.e everything suites you after the viewing and you have signed a Rental Lease, the Holding fee will then be converted to Security deposit/Last Month rent protected or held by Gerhard throughout the term of the tenancy.
I hope you understand that there is good demand for this property and he may lose other prospective tenants if you cause unnecessary delay or decline the tenancy at the last minute..If for any reason you decline the tenancy, you get a full refund of the Holding fee. I believe this is fair enough
If you need me to clarify any part of this, please feel free to write back.
Please find attached the Application and also an Holding Deposit Agreement(which also serves as a legal Receipt for the holding fee). Please go over the terms on the Holding Deposit Agreement properly before you sign it. I will want both documents scanned and returned together with a transfer receipt(as proof of payment) of the Holding fee.
Please obtain a transfer receipt by visiting www.moneygram.com to find the nearest Agent Location (use a shop/gas station or Wallmart) where you can make a transfer of the agreed fee directly to your landlord as the receiver with the information below;
Receiver's Name : GERHARD SCHUBE
Receiver's Address : 816 McDougall Rd N.E , Calgary, AB. T2E 5A4
Once you have completed the transfer, please send a scanned copy of the Transfer Receipt in an attachment together with the Application and co-signed Holding Agreement and i will take it from there by doing the necessary reference reviews and credit checks. The date for showing will be schedule next day when the analysis on your credit report have been received.
If you need further assistance, please feel free to ask for clarification.
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