We advise you never to make payments in the following cases:
the landlord does not agree to show the property physically
If a potential landlord is hesitant to give you a tour of the rental, you should be especially careful before proceeding with any further steps.
the landlord does not agree to sign a lease
Do not make a payment if the landlord is not willing to return a signed lease in exchange and insists on an oral agreement solely.
A few useful pieces of advice:
Avoid paying in cash (we can't say this enough!)
Always insist on signing a lease
Verify documents that prove the landlord's ownership of the property
Carefully read the lease before signing
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