If it s normal for an out-of-state landlord to ask a potential tenant for a security deposit before mailing them the key and other docs?

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  • 4 months ago

    No, that is a scam, 100% of the time.

  • NWIP
    Lv 7
    4 months ago

    It’s a SCAM!! Never rent a house, condo, etc.. unless you are actually there and can do a walk through or if an apartment the actual management company. Never send money through the mail you will never see it, the keys or anything again.

  • 4 months ago

    Could be legit but sure sounds like a scam. Usually an out of town landlord will have someone else manage the property or at least make a trip to sign the lease, get the deposit and give you the keys. be careful on this one.

  • 4 months ago

    Yes, perfectly normal.

    Source(s): Certified Paralegal, with 25+ years' experience & with Landlord & Tenant law experience.
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  • Judy
    Lv 7
    4 months ago

    it's normal to pay the deposit before you get the keys, but this sounds a bit shaky. Be sure it's not a scam.

  • 4 months ago

    Out of state landlord...automatic red flag...period. If they don't live close and they don't have a property manager, its either super shady or a flat out scam.

    Would you really want to have to call someone a few states over when you have an issue? Knowing they don't have any local representatives who could even be there to open the door for a service provider???

  • Mark
    Lv 6
    4 months ago

    Common scam. Did you find the property on Craigslist?

    Only hand over the money AFTER you personally inspect the apt, and sign the lease.

  • P
    Lv 7
    4 months ago

    No one knows the specifics of your situation. There's nothing normal about securing a rental out of state without seeing it in person. You either fly in a weekend ahead of time and sign the papers or you stay in an extended stay until you can find an apartment after you relocate. There's too many risks just doing this type of thing remotely. This could be a scam or it could just be a landlord who's not going to guarantee anything until he gets a check because he doesn't know you either. The risk is all on you. This isn't normal, but you are asking the landlord to lease the apartment in an abnormal way.

  • 4 months ago

    First off, have you visited the apartment yet. Someone should have taken you to the apartment and given you a walkthrough. If you haven’t been given one then why are you leasing the apartment.

    Almost every landlord requires either a security deposit or first and last month rent.

    How it usually works is that after you hand in the check in person to the landlord or apartment manager, you get your key. It’s unusual for a landlord to send you the keys by mail.

  • 4 months ago

    No.

    You are dealing with scam artist who is probably in West Africa.

    Do not send any money.

    The scammers use photos from real classified ads in order to lure victims.

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