I was looking for a new place to live, found an add on craigslist for $700/mo for a single. It already seemed too good to be true but I was clearly blinded by desire.
I reach out to the person in question, fill out some application questions and learn that the place is going so cheap because the owner and his family are going on a mission trip for the next few years and want someone to live in their place for basic upkeep. Seemed legit.
I then learn that the home owner is not currently in the state to show me the house before hand. Red Flag.
He says if I pay the deposit ($500) he’d ship me the keys and paperwork to move in at my convenience. Super Red Flag.
I am very uncomfortable with that but he seems accommodating. We make an agreement for me to pay half the deposit to get the keys delivered same day.
After sending half the deposit to his assistant via cash app, he tells me his lawyer isn’t okay with him sending keys and documents without full deposit.
Crazy suspicious but I really want to live by myself so I agree to pay the deposit in full.
Soon after that he tells me he misunderstood his lawyer and would need first months rent in full before sending me the keys.
Being sick of the back and forth I flat out refuse and request my deposit back. Which is where I currently stand.