Sumary of Scammers exploit rental squeeze, leaving Perth mother homeless and out of pocket:
- Two young mothers are among a growing number of people losing thousands of dollars to rental scams in WA, with regulators linking the rise to the end of the state’s rental moratorium almost two weeks ago..
- Rental vacancies across WA have fallen to record, or near record, lows At the same time, the number of rental property scams has risen Renters are urged to do all necessary checks before handing over money The moratorium ended on March 29, leaving many renters without accommodation and allowing landlords to raise prices and evict tenants with far fewer restrictions than had been in place since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic..
- But Consumer Protection WA said those fearful of the end of the moratorium were easy prey for scammers, with at least five West Australians left thousands of dollars out of pocket so far this year..
- Demand for rental properties in many areas is outstripping supply.( ) She said the person who created the listing told her they were out of the state, but she could visit the property and inspect it from the outside..
- Multiple Perth rental scams reported Consumer Protection said Varney was not alone in falling victim to a rental scam this year, with at least 18 similar scams already reported..
- Among the victims is a mother and her four children who are now homeless after losing $3,600 to a scammer who also advertised a property on Facebook Marketplace..
- Consumer Protection said on the date she was due to move in, she instead found the home occupied by tenants who had an agreement with a legitimate property agent..
- Scams rise as market skyrockets WA ScamNet coordinator Paul Cvejic said the organisation had seen a marked increase in rental scams since about September last year…