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Wow! Our lucky day, my daughter and I, I guess! Two weeks ago I was looking for a place in SF or Berkeley to move to for at least six months, being tired of commuting for more than one hour on a daily basis. I checked Craig’s list online, and I started sending emails to the suitable places I found. I didn’t expect many answers though, coz I know that it is really quite hard to get your own place in the Bay area within a reasonable rate.
In few days, I got several answers, and contrary to my expectations, most of them answered. We got too excited, and started shopping around, until I received that wonderful email:
“Thanks for your interest in my Home. I am a Geologist and my work can be quite tedious because it involves mineral researches, I’m easy going and friendly. I like Music and have deep interests in traveling. I respect every religion and love to hang around with people and I am definitely not a trouble maker and very helpful in nature. I am currently living in Massachusetts due to my new research and I will be here for long that is why am looking for a clean and responsible person to live in my Home. The house is located in a safe and secured neighborhood which i think it is the most important thing for one to know before relocating. You are free to drive or walk by so you can tour the exterior of the building if you wish. Property Address (1830 Blake St, Berkeley, CA 94703) Rent $1900 Damage Deposit $1800. Utilities included (Heat, Water, Electricity and Internet/Cable)Pets Allowed: Cats, Small Dogs, Large Dogs..
Me and my wife decided to handle the rental process ourselves due to our past experience with estate agents and tenant because all they care about is their own commission instead of taking time to verify applicants application and do a proper background check, the last tenant that rented from us through an estate agent destroyed most of our valuable home appliances. I know how much me and my wife spent to replace the things that was destroyed in the house, a whole lot of people have contacted me regarding the house but not just sure of who to accept due to the horrible experience we had with the last tenant. all i want is a very responsible, trustworthy and caring person that will take care of the house like his/her own and if you can assure me of the house will be in good hands, i will be happy to let you rent from me for as long as you wish.
Fill the rental application form below and send it back to me as soon as you can if you are really interested in renting the house.
*****RENTAL APPLICATION FORM****
( Private and Confidential )
Fill below information correctly…
KIDS : (YES/NO), HOW MANY :
WHEN DO YOU INTEND MOVING IN:
HOW LONG DO YOU INTEND STAYING:
HOW MANY MONTH RENT ARE YOU WILLING TO PAY UPFRONT:
HOW SOON CAN YOU MAKE THE DEPOSIT FEES:
DO YOU HAVE PET :
KIND OF PETS:
DO YOU SMOKE :
DO YOU DRINK :
DO YOU WORK LATE NIGHT:
PICTURES OF OCCUPANT :
COPY OF DRIVER LICENCES:
Please make sure this questions are fill correctly because the best way you answer with your comment will impress me the more to accept your applications. I know you would want to see the house before making any kind of rental payment , which is understandable. We can make arrangement for the keys and documentation including an Authorization letter to be shipped to you, this will give you the opportunity to view house. Regards..
You have to leave the city of your comfort and go into the wilderness of your intuition. What you’ll discover will be wonderful. What you’ll discover is yourself. “
When I told my daughter about that email, she got so excited. She urged me to immediately replied to it, so I did although, in my mind, I remembered my friend’s saying: “It’s too good to be true”, yet everything was under control. It was a good idea to use an alias, as a preliminary caution, to see where it will take us to.
After few days, another email was received, asking for a cashier’s check, in the amount of two months rent + the deposit, to be sent immediately, and within two days, the keys would be received via over-night priority delivery. Otherwise, they would give the place to someone else who was ready to pay and to move in. Definitely, that was a scam 😦
I’m afraid some people underestimate the intelligence of others, coz that sender was either a swindler, and that was not news to us. As skillful as she was, she was not going to fool us, asking for all that money, without even talking to her over-the-phone, or meeting her face-to-face. It’s annoying, but being bitten by snakes before, makes you wiser when it comes to sending money.
Enough for today, we’ll chat some more tomorrow ❤