Q: I am trying to rent a condo. The landlord is asking me to send them a security deposit before tour or signing anything.
I have answered some basic questions such as where I work and move in date. They said they would like to rent to me but want a security deposit before mailing me everything including the paperwork and the keys. I dont want to be scammed, it just seems odd to ask for payment via zelle before these basic things however they do claim to be out of state so maybe I am just being paranoid?
A: Could be a scam. You failed to mention whether a real estate broker's services were utilized. If so, the security deposit could be paid into the Broker's trust account. Otherwise. before sending any funds, request proof such as a deed or current utility bill showing that they are the owners of the premises.
Frankly I would question the requirement. Generally speaking you don't give a security deposit, until after you sign on the dotted line. I would not deal with this fellow.
If you choose to deal with them, then if there is a real estate agent involved, have him ask for the money and if there is no lease signed within 15 days, the money is to be released back to you.
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