How big of a problem are rental scams?

Housing shortage has meant desperate actions for some, which then leads to scammers trying to take advantage

Take these precautions to make sure you aren't a victim of a rental scam.

With there being a shortage of homes, especially affordable ones, across the area, rental scams are becoming even more of a problem than usual.

That has led to people — more commonly known as squatters — inhabiting residences they don’t legally rent or own, even if they think they have found a residence properly and aren’t doing anything wrong.

On this latest episode of “You Have Real Estate with Justin Clark,” area realtors and experts join the show to offer insight on how to not be a victim of a rental scam, and also to feature new listings.

Watch above for the full video and analysis.