Philippine Rental Scams: Things To Consider To Avoid Them

Technology has a done marvelous job in making our lives easier. This is also true when it comes to buying stuff and Yes! Even property.

The internet is a great resource when it comes to finding your new home. However, there are also a number of Philippines rental scams out there. Unscrupulous individuals are looking to take advantage of unsuspecting people searching for a new home. Renters are particularly vulnerable since many aren’t even aware of the scams being used. If you’re in the market for a new place to rent, keep an eye for the following and take steps to avoid them.

Bogus or Fake Real Estate Seller

This is so common, especially today with the help of online ads site. The scammer will create imaginary or even real names/ identity and they will use it while communicating to unsuspecting victims. Often, the scammer will offer you deal you can’t resist and convince you to send them money online or even in person then disappear in an instant!
Tip: To avoid this kind of trouble, always set a personal appointment to the person you are dealing with. You may check if he/ she has a valid license to practice real estate in the Philippines. Also, if you need to check online, go with trusted developers, ads site they normally implement strict rules in order to eliminate possible bogus seller in their site.

Fake Credit Check

One of the most common scams involves a person posing as a landlord requiring you to submit a credit check. They will then either send you a form to fill out asking for personal information or simply ask you to send it in an email. This information usually includes credit card numbers and personal ID numbers that are then sold off or used.
This is an extremely popular tactic on websites that do not require any type of personal verification since the scammers want to avoid being detected. Using property portals is the best way to avoid this scam since sellers have to provide contact details before posting a listing.

Asking For a Deposit

Another common online scam involves a landlord asking for the initial deposit before letting someone see the place. They will also request to be paid via Bitcoin or another form of online payment. Overseas renters who plan on moving to a new country are particularly vulnerable to this scam. Remember, never pay a deposit until you have seen the place in person.

Double Sale of Property

This commonly happens if the owner/ developer offer the listing to many real estate brokers or salesperson. Though, this may sometimes happen by honest mistake due to miscommunication error in the part of the developer and seller, if done intentionally becomes  a major scam.
In this particular modus, the scammer “intentionally” sold the same property to two or many different buyers. Collecting fees to all of them, and run!
Tip: Transact only to trusted licensed real estate professional and developers.

Duplicate Ads

Some agents take property listings already online; copy and paste the information and photos; and then claim it is their own. This scam is more annoying than nefarious as it is usually done by real estate agents usually working a bait-and-switch angle. You will inquire about the property only for them to tell you it has already been rented out. They will then try to show you other properties they represent. 


It’s easy to fall for these Philippines rental scams. You can avoid them by being vigilant. Here are some tips that can help you avoid these scams:
Too good to be true – If the property being offered is unbelievably enticing and cheap, chances are it’s not real.
Do not send money – This is a big no-no. See the property first and meet the landlord before agreeing to pay any deposit.
Meet first – Do not provide a landlord with any personal information such as an ID number until after you have met with them.
Photo watermark – If someone has posted a photo of the property, see if it has a watermark. This watermark should match the name/company of the person you are speaking with.
Find a good resource – Don’t believe everything you see online. Find good resources with lots of rental listings.
It is important to be vigilant in dealing with any person. If this is your first time in property investing you don’t need to be frightened, you just need to ask for help with a licensed professionals.
Don’t be a victim! You can read our article about how to avoid property scam.

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