New York Habitat has been offering furnished apartment rentals for 18 years and prides itself on offering the best selection of thoroughly screened apartments in New York, Paris, London and the South of France. Today we will talk about some things to consider when shopping for a vacation rental apartment to avoid common rental scams in the market place.

New York Habitat’s president and founder Marie Reine Jezequel was featured on WCBS 2, the local New York CBS affiliate, talking about ways to avoid vacation rental scams. For more information

Here are some of the ways New York Habitat ensures that our apartment rentals run smoothly:

  • Prescreened apartments: All of our apartments must have a detailed prescreening and apartment visit before they can be listed on our website to ensure that they meet New York Habitat’s standards.
  • A dedicated customer service team: New York Habitat takes seriously all client feedback and revisits apartments on a regular basis to ensure that all information provided is up to date and that apartments continue to meet our standards.
  • Market knowledge: With 18 years of experience working on furnished apartment rentals, New York Habitat has built a deep knowledge of rental rules and other market factors to ensure that rentals proceed as expected.
  • Knowledgeable agents: For each of our cities, New York, Paris, London and the South of France, our agents are selected because of their knowledge of local markets. Once joining our team, New York Habitat agents are trained comprehensively about our apartment inventory.

If you are looking for vacation accommodations in cities that New York Habitat does not offer apartments, here are some tips to avoid scams:

  • Deal with a licensed agency. New York Habitat has licenses from the State of New York and Conseil Immobilier Agréé SNPI in France.
  • Never make rental prepayments without a signed contract and knowledge that the apartment actually exists. New York Habitat uses an agency contract for every booking and we have met with every owner whom we have listed.
  • Use caution when using sites like Craig’s List and other classified pages. Though the majority of the offers on these sites are legitimate, a significant portion of the offers are scams and there is no prescreening on these sites. These sites can be helpful in finding a local broker, as many reputable brokers, including New York Habitat, advertise on sites like these.
  • If dealing with an owner directly ask if there are any additional conditions associated with the stay. You do not want to get stuck having to tell people in the building, that you are a friend of the owner or having limited privileges to enter the building. New York Habitat does not accept any rentals with conditions like this.

We hope that this article and our next tips on how to avoid apartment rental scams will be helpful in aiding you in your apartment rental experiences. Whether looking for a New York rental, Paris Accommodations, London Apartments or the South of France Villas, New York Habitat’s carefully selected accommodations will help to ensure that you end up with a great place to stay.

Related apartment rental posts from New York Habitat:
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  2. Tips from the Pros: How to list your apartment
  3. Visualize Your Rental: Visual Tips To Avoid Subletting Or Sharing Illegally
  4. Tips from the Pros: Clear the clutter
  5. Apartment Rental Tips: Hear From the Pro’s


11 Responses to “Tips from the Pros: How to avoid apartment rental scams”

  1. Giulietta Says:

    I used New York Habitat’s service last year, and was very happy with the service and accomodations. It’s a good thing that CBS made a news report on you to tell people there are honnest internet rental agencies !

  2. Bruce Says:

    Great tips: I think I will book an apartment with you rather then take the risk anywhere else. I feel bad for the people in that story.

  3. Alastair Says:

    Very interesting – as a first time Internet user for apartment search I was precisely looking for information like this as I was wondering how to make sure I could trust a website to have real apartment rentals. Thank you for the tips!

  4. Chrissy Says:

    Very informative article. It seems the laws governing renters and landlords are much different in New York City than upstate. While the law was definitely on my side in my recent situation, this is what I had to deal with:

  5. Hopes123 Says:

    Hello I’m Hopes; as an Internet user for apartment search. I’ve got the valuable information to never make rental prepayments without a signed contract.

  6. Apartments Rental Says:

    Very Informative post on Tips from the Pros: How to avoid apartment rental scams.

  7. andy Says:

    Some great pointers here. Always be on the look out for scams in tough economic times like th present.

  8. Jim Meston Says:

    Can you please give me some direction where I can report to the appropriate authorities, a realtor called Alan Tam Licensed Real Estate Broker Company, located at 37C Orchard Street in Chinatown? They “scammed my 20 year old daughter out of $200 for a “bait & switch” situation. They refuse to return the money, and I want them investigated as well as their Real Estate License!

    Thank you!

  9. Francois Roux Says:

    Below are a list or contact/resources that are useful for victims of scams or poor business practices. You can find useful information from each of these sources in regard to filing a complaint and taking action against sub-standard businesses and real estate agents/brokers. Many have links to the complaint forms directly on their site:

    New York State Licensing
    Real Estate Broker/Salespersons Division
    84 Holland Avenue
    Albany, NY 12208-3490
    Phone: 518-474-4429

    New York Office of the Attorney General
    Attorney General: Andrew M. Cuomo
    The Capitol
    Albany, NY 12224-0341

    General Helpline: 1-800-771-7755

    The Bureau of Consumer Frauds and Protection, prosecutes businesses and individuals engaged in fraudulent, misleading, deceptive or illegal trade practices. In addition to litigating, the Bureau mediates thousands of complaints each year from individual consumers. A large percentage of these complaints are resolved satisfactorily through the mediation process. As part of its mission, the Bureau provides information to consumers and seeks to ensure a fair and vigorous market place. The Bureau also drafts legislation and conducts studies and writes reports on emerging consumer problems and issues.

    New York State Consumer Protection Board
    Consumer Complaint Form
    5 Empire State Plaza, Suite 2101
    Albany, New York 12223-1556
    Phone: 800-697-1220

    Better Business Bureau of Metropolitan New York
    Phone: 212-533-6200
    Fax: 212-477-4912
    257 Park Avenue South
    New York NY 10010-7384

    The Internet Crime Complaint Center

    (IC3) serves as a means to receive Internet related criminal complaints and to further research, develop, and refer the criminal complaints to federal, state, local, or international law enforcement and/or regulatory agencies for any investigation they deem to be appropriate.

    Many of the above references can be found on :

    Hope this information is helpful.

  10. New york rental Says:

    nice article.
    really helpful tips.
    I must follow them.
    Thanks for sharing.

  11. AgentCampus New York Says:

    For landlords or those people who plans to become landlords, this is a good thing to read as well to help you know great tips in becoming a landlord and the process you have to take note of.

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