BLOW THE WHISTLE
Did you know it's a crime when someone deceives others for financial or personal gain? It's called fraud, even if you didn't end up actually renting that apartment.
The "concessions" scam would come crashing down if landlords were forced to advertise apartments for the actual "rent" which they plan to put on the lease. For example, let's say that they want to get you to sign a lease with the "rent" for a one bedroom apartment listed as $3,500. If they were forced to advertise the apartment for the same amount, they wouldn't get any business whatsoever. Therefore, that's not a fair market price for that unit.
To fight the scam, renters like you need to blow the whistle and report this type of false advertising, also known as the bait and switch. It is likely a violation of consumer protection laws, and the DC Attorney General is currently investigating this practice.
If you've seen this type of false advertising, please complete the following form. We may use your information to contact you or to assist the appropriate authorities.