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You got the apartment! Spot rental listing scams before you pay

Royal Rose
You’ve found it: A listing for the perfect off-campus apartment. The rental agent told you to send a security deposit by wiring money. Sound fishy? That’s because it is. But can you spot other rental listing scams — before you pay?

Rental Listing Scams

When you’re looking for an apartment or vacation rental, you’re probably looking at price, location and amenities.


Avoid Scams When You Travel

Before you start your travel plans, learn common tactics scammers use that can ruin your entire trip.

Renting a Car

Comparing prices online can save you a bundle when you rent a car. Learn how to compare the total cost — not just the advertised price. Fees and options can increase the base price dramatically.
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Incorrect background reports can deny you a home

Lisa Lake

Whether you’re just starting out or starting a new life, information on your background report can determine if you get credit, a job, or even housing.

Consumer Alert

Renting a car: Factoring in the fees

Colleen Tressler

Whether you’re planning a weekend getaway or a cross-country road trip, a rental car may be in your future.

Consumer Alert

Back to college: Renting a house or apartment

Elena Hoffman

Are you heading back to college this fall? If so, you might be about to move in to your first-ever rental house or apartment. Here are some tips for first-time renters: