When searching for housing in San Francisco it is important to be cautious of scams.
View the Fair Housing Act for legal information. A tenant or a prospective tenant can file a complaint with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) if a possible violation of their rights occurred. You must file the complaint within one year of the alleged discrimination.
Why this is a scam
- Stock photo image
- Rent is extremely below average - the average rent for a one bedroom in SF is about $2,600 - $3,600
What is a Rental Scam?
Rental Scams happen when would-be tenants are tricked into paying an upfront fee to rent a property. In reality, the property does not exist, has already been rented out, or has been rented to multiple victims at the same time.
- Under market value
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- All inclusive (e.g. pets allowed, furnished, all utilities included in rent, etc.)
- You are asked to wire money for any reason
- The email is not the company name
- Know the market value of SF
- Never deal with or send cash or a cashier's check
- Meet with the landlord in person
- See the apartment in person before signing a lease or transferring funds
- Speak with current tenants if possible
Note: People may ask for an Application Fee when you apply. The average cost of an application fee is $35, and it is possible you may be required to pay this before applying. An application fee does not mean it is a scam.