Array
Tips and Guides

5 Rental Red Flags You Have To Watch Out For

Are you ready to sign that lease? Read this first!

Shares
Photography: Pexels.com (Main Photo)

When it comes to renting, there's one golden rule you have to keep in mind: If it seems too good to be true, it probably is. With just about everything available online these days—including real estate listings, it’s almost a given that con artists will try to take advantage of future homeowners. To keep you from being duped by ill-intentioned landowners, watch out for these things: 

1. If they ask you to wire money to them before your first meeting.

If the real estate agents ask you for anything at all before you meet them or see the apartment, move on to the next listing immediately. There's a hundred percent chance they're tricking you into giving them money. 

2. If the price doesn't match the look of the home.

 A two-bedroom apartment for P10, 000 or a studio for P20, 000? Either the listings are mislabled or it is an outright scam. Make sure you ask for a breakdown of the pricing from the real estate agent before considering anything. 

3. If the home has bad and terrible layouts.

Is the kitchen right outside your bedroom door? Do you only have one bathroom in a two-storey townhouse? While this may not be under the control of real estate agents, remember that you're going to live in this place for a long time. If you are uncomfortable from the get-go, it's best to skip it. 

4. If the landlord avoids questions about the community surrounding the property. 

If on the first visit you see a toxic waste dump or a leaking oil drum in the neighborhood that the real estate agent didn't tell you about, move on to the next one. You never know what else he or she is keeping from you. 

5. If the real estate agents are hard to contact. 

If they're always "at another appointment" or "out of the country," chances are, there is a scam brewing. Some even go as far as sending fake keys or false documents so don't forget to double check everything.

More on Realliving.com.ph

5 Renting Struggles Every Tenant Will Relate To

10 Frequently Asked Questions About Renting

4 Things Every Renter Should Know

Shares

Latest Stories

There's An Affordable Way To Keep Your Home Smelling Good 24/7

Say no to artificial fragrances with this three-step hack

A KonMari Reality Show Is Coming To Netflix

Will de-cluttering diva Marie Kondo's new show spark joy?

You Only Need P5,000 To Work On These Home Improvement Projects

The best part? These can increase the value of your space, too.

What's Inside The Vatican Walls?

Aside from having one of the largest collections of art in the world, the Vatican holds many other treasures

Meet The Architect Behind This Industrial-Pinoy Home

Inspired by the Bahay Kubo, this architect worked with industrial details and affordable building materials to create an inviting space

Is It Possible to Paint Over Tiles?

No one likes the sight of lackluster tiles. Know what to do with these tips from an interior designer.

A Sneak Peek at the New Clark City

A Singaporean consulting firm has been tapped for the development project

You Can Use Wallpaper On The Ceiling, Too

Talk about having a one-of-a-kind accent in your space

Rockwell's Glasshouse Is The Chicest Restaurant Out There

Fashion retailer Harlan + Holden's response to the global trend of lifestyle dining is this airy and beautiful restaurant

6 Ways Wallpaper Can Enhance A Very Small Room

Wallpaper isn't just for huge, sprawling homes—the colors and patterns of this wall finish can visually enlarge a tiny space

Divisoria Home Finds You Can Buy For P500 or Less

Shop ‘til you drop at this bargain hotspot

Practical Tips For Collecting Art From An Art Gallery Owner

You don't have to spend a fortune to have a sizable collection
Load More Stories

Get inspiring design ideas and handy hints.
Subscribe to our newsletter now!