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A Covina rental deal that proved to good to be true

April 30, 2008 |  1:27 pm

Rent A three-bedroom house in Covina for $1,200 a month? That's a deal. And apparently a scam. At least 12 families found out too late before each handed over $2,400 in rent and a deposit on the same house that was advertised on Craigslist, reports the San Gabriel Valley Tribune.  The ad can no longer be found but investigators  said that it  looks like another and all too common example of housing fraud.

Many of the renters had expected to move into the house at 5441 N. Calera Avenue this week, including Stevan Ortiz and his girlfriend, who had given notice on their apartment.

"We made so many plans," said Ortiz, who tried contacting the owner over the weekend. "I had this in the back of my mind when I couldn't get ahold of him."

In preparing for the move, Ortiz had purchased appliances and had also arranged to get a dog to romp around in their new home.

-- Jesus Sanchez

Photo: Bloomberg News