Fake lease scam targets vacant home in The Lakes

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) - Neighbors off of Sahara and Fort Apache in the Lakes say they've had ongoing issues with a home that's been sitting empty for years.

They say both of the original owners passed away and their children haven't sold it or moved in since.

Neighbors say the owners haven't been keeping up the property and it's gotten to the point where there's debris in the yard, the pool is trashed, and it's attracting rodents.

They say it's all become a sitting target for squatters.  And just this week, they saw a woman driving a Porsche pull up. When they confronted her, they say she said she told them they were cleaning up the property to rent it out.

One neighbor then says she used the name to make a fake lease, and rent out the home to unsuspecting renters.  "I was surprised when the police came to my door and said my name was on the lease," says neighbor Elva Currie.

Police were called and kicked the people out, but the woman who rented the property still hasn't been found.

Neighbors say they hope this will be a lesson for the late owners' children to sell it or at least keep up the property.

As were filming, their son drove up, but seemed dismissive of what neighbors were concerned about and drove off.  However, we did reach his brother in California. He told 13 Action News he's aware of the situation, and they're hoping to sell the property within a few months.

David Tina, president of the Greater Las Vegas Association of Realtors says not keeping up your property can make it an target for these types of scams, even in nice neighborhoods.  But he also says if the family wants to sell, now is a good time to do it.  He says because of limited inventory, homes sell quickly, and with the good market we have now, the home in The Lakes could go for at least $350,000.

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