Rental Scams and Horror Stories

Igloo For Let

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BY PROPERTY SOUP twitter @propertysoup

CraigsList is good for almost everything. From rental properties to kitchen tables, you can get the hookup on CraigsList. But sometimes, you can run into some obvious scams. Other times, you think you’re getting the real deal, only to find out the photos are inaccurate, the ad is a lie, or your roommates aren’t who they said they are.

Here are some of the stories we found floating around that even made us say, “Wow, CraigsList!”

We’ll update this page as we find more, so check back!

A Rental Gone Horribly Wrong:

Imagine moving into a home with 3 pre-existing roommates, one of whom is the homeowner. It’s a great place, you love your space, and you enjoy living there. A week in, you hear a noise in the hallway, and you open your door to find your roommates taking massive amounts of marijuana out of the attic.


This exact scenario happened to a guy in Phoenix, AZ. He found a nice space on CraigsList, met the owner, and moved in. He soon found out that his roommates were moving marijuana. But it didn’t stop there.

When he caught his roommates in the act, one of them put a gun to his head and told him to go back into his room, and instructed him to stay there. After he heard the roommates leave, the renter called the authorities and they came to the home, waited for the suspects to come back, and arrested them all.

Thanks, CraigsList! (See the full story on ABC’s Website here: )

Spacious Place, Your Own Bathroom, Awesome Lighting, Water Included, Private Security Team!

That headline sounds too good to be true, doesn’t it? It’s not. This is a real life place, in a real life neighborhood.  Wouldn’t you schedule at least a showing?

What are we not telling you?

The place is an igloo.


Look at this:

Looking for a renter for a 70 square foot igloo (4′ x 5′ entrance tunnel, 4′ radius living area.) An excellent choice for EMU art students as it is located right next to the Ford Building on Eastern’s campus. Quiet neighborhood consisting mostly of squirrels. Heat, plumbing and electric not provided.

Water included (must be melted by occupant.)
Includes hole in roof for bonfires to prevent asphyxiation.
Neighborhood security provided free by campus police.

$200 a month OBO.

*Landlord not responsible for property melting.

If you want to confirm the validity of this craigslist post, be our guest!

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