you can decide.
I was out walking on Wednesday morning and on one of the streets were two police cars parked. In itself that was unusual. A guy was stood on the sidewalk so asked him what was going on and he said the house was empty and he thought it was an attempted break in. I said okay and went on my merry little way.
A bit further on I met a woman walking her dog and I knew she lived on that street, so asked her the same question. Now her answer was a six cd length answer, so I will give you the condensed version!!
Yes the house is empty; it is rented. However the gist of the situation is someone who does not own the house is advertising the house for rent on various social media sites and scamming people out of money. They are also opening bank accounts using that address. Now the story got very convoluted at this point and led me to believe there is more going on than she knows about.
However, we both agreed on a couple of things.
1. How do people come up with these sorts of scams? I would have never have thought of doing something like this? As I said to the lady, these types of people have too much times on there hands!!
2. One thing that is all over social media in our area (Barrie, Ontario), is the price of renting a house/apartment. It is as pricy to rent somewhere here as it is in Toronto and people are complaining about it and rightly so. It is not unusual to see a whole house for rent for over $3,000+ a month. To rent an upper part of a house $2,500+ and the basement apartment $1,800+. If you click on this link you can see what various places look like to rent.
For those of you who don't know, our basement's are not the dark and dingy places, they can be lived in. Our home has as large family room, a bedroom, a bathroom and a large storage/laundry room. It is not a separate apartment; it does not have a separate entrance ours is a one family home.
3. We couldn't decide how on earth the younger folk are able to get on the property ladder? Unless you want to live in a condo/apartment there is very little under $600,000 where we live. Also if folk are having to pay stupid amounts in rent, how will they ever be able to afford a deposit for a house, without the help of the bank of mum and dad?
Worrying times ahead for the younger folks that's for sure.