Picture this, you are looking for a rental home and after hours searching online you find the perfect place. Exactly what you were looking for and at an amazing price. You email the “owner” and he gets back to you right away. It turns out he lives a few hours away and can’t meet you to show you the place but he sends you more photos of the property. The problem is, someone else wants your dream rental so the “owner” pressures you to move fast. You tell him you want the house and he emails you the lease. He then asks you to wire a deposit and he will mail you the keys. But you never get the keys, you have been scammed. 

It is so competitive trying to find a place to live in and looking for a rental home can be stressful for many reasons but one of them is the price. For many of you, the most important part of a rental is the costs, that is what can make you vulnerable into falling for a scam. Rental scams are on the rise, they are becoming a serious issue. Scams put you at risk of losing your cash and giving scammers your personal information. More than 43% of renters have found listings that seem fraudulent, and more than 5 million have been scammed.

How do scammers work? 

Scammers will go online and look for houses at rent. They will steal the photos and address of those houses and create a new ad putting them up for rent as if they were the owners. They will use their own contact information like phone number and email. The monthly rent usually seems a bit low, which is what attracts so many people to the rental scam. When you ask to see the house, they always have some sort of excuse as to why they can’t show you the house. Then the “owner” will ask you to fill out an application and SUBMIT A DEPOSIT so that you can secure the home over anyone else. They play with your fear of losing the home to someone else. As soon as you send them money, you’ll never hear of them again.   

How to avoid becoming a victim

  • Search the property online to make sure it doesn’t appear with different phone numbers and  prices
  • Beware of “owners” that claim they are out of state and they can’t meet you face to face 
  • Incredible low prices – If the listing is too good to be true, it probably is 
  • Never wire money
  • Don’t pay for anything without seeing the inside of a house 
  • Beware of high – pressure tactics / send the money quickly

The first thing I want to stress is that if a rental listing doesn’t seem right, for whatever reason, it probably isn’t. Scammers love using sites like Craigslist and Facebook Marketplace to put their ads on so I would advise you to not use those sites when looking for a rental. If you use Craigslist, you have to be careful. One recent survey estimates that 25 percent of Craigslist rental listings are actually frauds. 

Bethan Johnson

Turn Coordinator

Bethan is a Property Manager Assistant. She performs all property inspection and evaluations, creates tenant invoices and oversees disposition of security deposits.

Why choose CRM Properties?

We have the best selection of homes in the Kokomo area. Our staff’s dedication to customer service leads to a swift response to maintenance and tenant questions.

 

What is your screening process?

We verify income with copies of pay stubs and verification from your employer. We check court records for any judgments and criminal activity. We also contact your previous landlords directly for a referral. We will verify that the person we call is actually your landlord.

 

Are pets allowed?

Most homes allow pets. We do have breed and size restrictions. We limit the number of allowed pets and you must provide proof of vaccinations on all pets. We charge an additional $25 per month and $150 additional deposit.

 

How much is the damage deposit?

The damage deposit is equal to one month’s rent. An additional $150 is required for all pets.

 

How long of a lease must I sign?

Our leases are typically one year. During winter months we structure our leases to expire during the spring.

 

How do I pay my rent?

You can pay rent in person with a personal check, cashier’s check or money order. You may set up an e-payment or direct deposit. You may also mail your rent or use our dropbox.

 

What happens if I can’t pay my rent on time?

We do not make arrangements on rent. Rent is due on the 1st of each month. Late fees start on the 5th. If we do not receive rent by the 15th we file an eviction. You may stop the eviction if you pay rent in full prior to the eviction date.

 

How are utilities handled?

Utilities are typically the tenant’s responsibility. Utilities must be transferred into the tenants name prior to signing the lease. If the tenant is responsible for the sanitation bill and fails to pay it, we reserve the right to increase the monthly rent and include sanitation in the rent.

 

What do I do if I have a maintenance request?

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Amanda Mendenhall

Leasing Agent

Amanda is our Leasing Agent. She oversees property showings and screens applicants.

Bethany Shoffner

Portfolio Manager

Bethany is one of our Property Managers. She is the single point of contact for owners and oversees the tenant experience.

Hannah Dobbins

Resident Service Coordinator

Julie Mullinax

Operations Manager

Julie is our Operations Manager. She oversees the staff and the day to day operations of our company.

Heather Johnson

Property Manager

Heather is one of our Property Managers. She is the single point of contact for owners and oversees the tenant experience

Jennifer Koenig

Resident Services Coordinator

Jennifer is our Office Assistant. She assists the Property Managers with all property and social media marketing.

Amanda Marshall

Maintenance Coordinator

Theresa Cain-Rush

Property Management Assistant

Darin Olson

Maintenance Manager

Darin is our Maintenance Manager. He investigates maintenance issues and offers suggestions and estimates for repairs.

Lynda Simpson

Bookkeeper

Lynda is our Bookkeeper. She handles all accounts payable and receivables. She also coordinates all owner and tenant billing.

Chris Mullinax

Broker Owner & New Business Development

As President and Owner of CRM Properties Chris helps generate new business and works on making sure the business is compliant with all local, state and national laws and ordinances.

Call us at (765) 459-8034 during business hours.

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