The most popular method of fraud is: you come to the agency, and you offer to pay an advance for the bulk list of addresses allegedly surrendering apartments. Having to call on these phones, you get either already passed a housing hosts (since these lists were given to you once a few dozen people), if any, on the nominees. How can this be avoided? Very simple – do not use the service. After all, any self-respecting real estate agency you will be charged money only when it can find an apartment and all the rules you will execute the contract. Following way: you meet with a host of alleged housing, getting the keys to the apartment, pay in advance for several months or even years.
Arriving the same next time, maybe even with your belongings, you suddenly discover that the keys to the door for some reason do not fit the phone "master" is unavailable, the neighbors do not know. Prove that you gave him no small amount – it does not, because surely all agreements between you and I were oral. The conclusion: Be sure to enclose the agreement and assured him of a notary. However, many landlords are unwilling to pay a mandatory tax in this case – then ask them to absorb these costs themselves. In any case, it would be better for you to pay tax, than lose an advance and remain homeless. The third common way: scammers rents an apartment for a couple of days, and then retake it others (usually the account goes to dozens of people), they also take a prepayment for the next few months. The trouble here is that tenants do not even think to check with the alleged owner is not only Documents at the apartment, but even a passport. When it announced the real winner of the apartment, which also did not understand, speculators have vanished.
What should I do? The answer is obvious: a thorough review of all available documents ranging from passports and ending with the owner of title documents to the apartment. Another effective way – do not be lazy and talk with neighbors in the entrance, sometimes it can be very valuable information. Of course, the methods of fraud is constantly growing and improving, but mainly for rental housing – remember to always be alert. And if for some beyond your reason fails to issue transaction at the notary, then enclose at least a contract in writing (preferably in front of witnesses – in case you need to go to court).