There are many factors that contribute to the success of a travel nursing assignment. The housing situation plays a big role in the overall travel nursing experience. Most travelers prefer the tax-free housing stipend over any company provided housing. This way, they oversee where their money is going. There are great deals to be found out there for the savvy traveler. However, there are also a ton a scam artist just looking to rip you off.
With that in mind, here are a few red flags to look for in your search for housing:
- Never wire money. If they require your money to be wired, it is probably a sham.
- Be wary of high deposits, first and last month’s rent upfront, etc. This is too much for a short-term rental and is worth questioning.
- Don’t solely rely on email communication. Get a name and demand a phone conversation. If the owner/landlord refuses to provide a phone number, then you should move on.
- Do not give out your financial information. The owner/landlord will often allow the proof/terms of your travel contract to validate your ability to pay.
- If you are near the area, the landlord must be able to show you the property. If not, move on.
- If the deal seems super cheap for the area and too good to be true, then is probably is.
- If your landlord is pushy or over-anxious, you may want to proceed with caution.
- The landlord/owner must provide the actual address before providing any sort of payment. Google this address and make sure is an actual renting space and that the photos match the street view.
Trust to your gut and use common sense. Keep these guidelines in mind and the money sucking con artists will be easy to spot! Click here for some helpful housing websites.