Technology and NCREC
Technology is ever evolving, and new tools are being used to assist with the ongoing demand for information. NCREC has been exploring the use of AI and has found it useful for idea generation and content creation. While it is a useful tool and a time-saver, be aware that careful and thorough review of any created content is necessary to ensure accuracy.
Vacation Rental Fraud – Spring Break Scams
Each year, as Spring Break approaches, we see an increase in vacation rental property owners who are the victims of fraudulent activity. For instance, if a consumer books a vacation rental property for an underage child (typically, a teenager and their friends) for Spring Break, and allows the child to use the unit unsupervised, it could be considered fraud. Parents, relatives or others who may be tempted to gift their teenagers a beach vacation should be aware that intentionally renting a property for unsupervised use by an underage child is a violation of most rental agreements. Consequences that could follow include the property owners and management companies calling the police and/or terminating the vacation rental tenancy without refunding any monies or deposits to the tenant.
Participation in fraudulent activity can be a crime. The article, “Vacation Rental Fraud Scam Alert” provides examples on other vacation rental fraud scenarios and how to avoid them.
You are invited!
The monthly Real Estate Commission meetings are always open to the public, and you are invited to attend in person or online via Zoom. The meeting next month is January 17th here at the Commission building. A Zoom link will be available at ncrec.gov on the day of the meeting.