Beware of Rental Scams:
You found the listing on Craigslist
Main Street Renewal does not advertise on Craigslist and will never ask you to wire money or request funds through a payment app on your mobile device. Do not sign a lease unless it has been provided to you by Main Street Renewal. If anyone is trying to convince you otherwise, it is a scam.
Approved Main Street Renewal listings can be found on msrenewal.com, Zillow, hotpads, trulia, Zumper, Lovely Direct, Homes.com, RentPath, PadMapper, and Rently.com.
The price is too good to be true
If the monthly rent amount is significantly lower than nearby properties and seems too good to be true, it probably is. Scammers often advertise property listings with significant low rent amounts with utilities included. Always visit msrenewal.com to verify the rent amount listed. If you have been in contact with a scammer, be sure to keep all copies of your communication and email us at email@example.com.
The landlord contacts you directly
A landlord will never contact you about a Main Street Renewal property. You should only speak with a Main Street Renewal agent or representative who will never ask for your personal information such as your Social Security number or the routing number for your bank account during the home search process. Only apply for a property from the Main Street Renewal website.
The landlord is out of state or out of the country
A landlord will never contact you about a Main Street Renewal property. If you are contacted by a landlord who states they are out of the country, it is a scam. Main Street Renewal has offices located in each of our local markets with additional support in our Austin, TX headquarters.
You were asked to wire funds
Main Street Renewal will never ask you to wire funds using a payment app on your mobile device. Be sure to keep all communications between you and the scammer and report the scam immediately to firstname.lastname@example.org
Look for renter’s beware materials
When touring a Main Street Renewal home, be sure to look for the renters beware materials throughout the home for additional information about scams.
What to do if you are faced with a scam
If you are faced with a rental scam, please report the scam to your local law enforcement and email the Main Street Renewal Scam Prevention team at email@example.com. You can also visit our Contact Us page to notify your local Main Street Renewal branch about the scam.