Surprise, downtown Toronto’s notorious ICE condos are home to several rental scams.
According to Toronto police, a “condominium rental scam specifically with units located at 12 York Street and 14 York Street” has been ongoing for several months.
Police warn that units are being placed on Kijiji as rental properties when in reality, a short-term renter has just temporarily booked the property to pretend to be its owner/landlord. They then take prospective tenants through the unit and run off with the deposit.
“The victim signs what they believe to be a valid rental agreement and then sends a deposit via an electronic money transfer. Once the money transfer is received, the suspect no longer returns calls or messages and blocks the victim’s phone number,” says Toronto Police.
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“The suspect uses a variety of names when advertising as a rental agent or owner of the property.”
This isn’t the first time ICE Condos has made headlines. Along with being famous for its rowdy short-term rental guests, there was an incident involving an elevator covered in blood, and several reports of the Toronto Police’s bomb squad called to the complex.
Toronto Police warn all members of the public to “be mindful of signing any rental agreement and/or sending deposits” and say that people should only rent through legitimate agents that can be checked.