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News 4 Investigation: How to stay protected if you're renting property

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by Chris Nagus, News 4 Investigates Reporter

A News 4 viewer felt she was being scammed after reportedly paying $4,000 to a man who said he was renting a condo in Ellisville, only to later be told by a second man who said he was the real owner, that she had to move out.  The woman signed a lease with a man named Ronald Green, and says she made two payments of $2,000 each.  On her lease, Ronald green is listed as the landlord.  After a man named Vladimir Savin appeared and said he was the actual property owner, she contacted News 4.

News 4 Investigates reporter, Chris Nagus spoke with both Green and Savin.

Savin says he was completely surprised to find the woman and her family living in his condo.

Green says he did have the right to rent because he was renting the condo with an option to buy.  "If I'm guilty of anything it's subleasing,  but I was purchasing the house, that means that's my house, he said." But Green admits he did not own the house.

Green also disputes the claim that he received $4,000. 

There are some steps renters can take if they are unsure if they are dealing with the actual property owner.  Consumers can check property owner's names on county websites.  In most counties this is searchable on the county website.  If it is not, you should call and ask for the assessor or the recorder of deeds.

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