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    Default Rental scams on foreigners

    Wife's sister just got an apt.

    After contract was signed, the broker who represents the owner

    Told her that since she does not have a "fiador" she has to pay

    A year upfront for the rent.

    This white berdugo had the audacity to tell her this while wearing

    His sunglasses, which I almost punched off his face.

    He said it is a"rule" in DR to have a guarantor.

    When I told him that my apartment doesn't have a fiador,

    He shrugged his white fat shoulders.

    These people are something else.

    There are rental signs everywhere, no one is coming

    To this place, and they act "Rico"

    They live on credit and act a role in front of the poor people.

    What to do?

    Does anyone have advice for my wife's sister?

    I also want my apartment back where it's just me and my wife..

    How do you bypass this fiador stuff?

    I told my landlord I did not have a guarantor, and he was fine with it.

    He just took 2 months security.

    Is this case by case basis?

    If someone can shed light on this, it would be great.

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    I think this is case by case - in fact I have never heard of this at all. I have rented several different apartments in DR over the years - both long term and short term. I have never had to pay anything more than a damage deposit.

    Maybe she should look for another place... :S

    Quote Originally Posted by businessdr View Post
    Wife's sister just got an apt.

    After contract was signed, the broker who represents the owner

    Told her that since she does not have a "fiador" she has to pay

    A year upfront for the rent.

    This white berdugo had the audacity to tell her this while wearing

    His sunglasses, which I almost punched off his face.

    He said it is a"rule" in DR to have a guarantor.

    When I told him that my apartment doesn't have a fiador,

    He shrugged his white fat shoulders.

    These people are something else.

    There are rental signs everywhere, no one is coming

    To this place, and they act "Rico"

    They live on credit and act a role in front of the poor people.

    What to do?

    Does anyone have advice for my wife's sister?

    I also want my apartment back where it's just me and my wife..

    How do you bypass this fiador stuff?

    I told my landlord I did not have a guarantor, and he was fine with it.

    He just took 2 months security.

    Is this case by case basis?

    If someone can shed light on this, it would be great.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cjewell View Post
    I think this is case by case......

    Maybe she should look for another place... :S
    I agree with both, but 4 months advance rent and a month security seems to be widely accepted.

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    First you need to check what is in the rental agreement.

    I have always included this in the agreement, typically two months rent as a guarantee deposit. This is not in the DR, but I understand that this is also common practice in the DR.

    Secondly, check whom you pay the rent and deposit too. This should be the owner not the broker. The broker has no power once the contract has been signed, unless stipulated in the rental agreement that he has additional roles.

    Thirdly, if nothing about this is in the contract, you can inform the broker that you wil contact the owner directly and inform them the 'broker' is trying to cash in an additional year's rent for himself.

    Let us know what is in the contract.

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    Fiadores are quite common in rental contracts in DR, although it's strange they sprung this out *after* the contract was signed. I've been asked for a year's worth of rent once when the owner wanted a fiador and I didn't have one. Check the contract carefully, and resolve any issues by talking directly to the owner if possible. My current fiadora is the agent who helped to look for the apartment - she volunteered since she wanted to close the deal. Does your wife's sister have a Dominican friend with a job who can sign as a fiador? - the requirements vary from one landlord to the next: some need a confirmed income, while others will accept almost anyone.

    It also seems there is a bit of hating going on between you and your agent , he may be acting out on your perceived lack of respect etc and doing his little revenge act. Don't rush into signing anything you are not comfortable with, change the agent and let your wife's sister keep looking ipf necessary.

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    Did you read the contract? Did it say 1 year in advance?

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    Everyone in here is touching on great points that you need to address.

    1. Who is the money going to?

    2. Why do they want a year? 2 months deposit plus first month is standard here.

    3. Almost anyone can be a fiador. If you want you can sign it or find someone off the street, buy them some nice clothes, make sure they speak well and have them sign on the dotted line.

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    A year upfront is ridiculous!! You need to talk to the apartment owner.

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    If your sister in law has gone through the residency program, then she already has a guarantor. If not, then the requirement might be related to her immigration status. Be prepared to look for another place if you can't work it out with the owner. Interesting that this requirement only surfaced after the lease was signed. I personally would not agree to paying a year in advance for a rental.

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    I was in a similar situation once a while ago, and I have the same question that others have already asked: What does the contract say? I have heard about fiadores as well, but I would not be comfortable with one year advance. I was once asked 4-5 months in advance, and I rejected even that offer. You say this clause was mentioned after the signing, which sounds suspicious, I was made very well aware of this well BEFORE the signing, and I never signed.

    I would personally not recommend renting via broker, as when renting directly through the owner, I have never had issues. When renting through owners, there has been much less paperwork involved, much less deposits, and much much better service/maintenance of the apartment/house.

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