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My fiancé (pregnant with our first child BTW) and I found the 904 10th Ave. Redwood City CA home from Sam L. Zhao and his wife Jianmin Zhoa on craigslist.org a few weeks ago. We currently live out of state, in Arizona. Once we made contact we Sam Zhoa I had my parents go to the property Sam Zhao and Jianmin Zhoa own at 904 10th Ave. in Redwood City to FaceTime my fiancé and I so we could review the place and see if it was for us and our family to be. We did like they property however found it to be over significantly over priced, at $3,200. Rather then be unprofessional and waste Sam Zhoa and Jianmins time, we decided not to apply. A week later we noticed they reduced their price to $3,095, a more reasonable number (no surprise, the greedy pigs couldn't find a tenant) so we inquired about securing the property and applying. After sending our credit report, references, pay stubs, referrals, the application, and explained our current life situation to Sam Zhoa and his wife Jianmin Zhoa, we had written confirmation that we had been accepted.

This is where Sam L.Zhoa and Jianmin Zhoa scamming nature really starts to shine. They sent us via email written confirmation of being accepted, and I quote, “Thank you again for submitting all the documentation we need. Both me and my wife (Jianmin) have reviewed them and we do think you are the right tenants we are looking for - a family of working professionals with good credits and good financial background. We decided to move forward to prepare the lease agreement with the rent setting at $3000 per month. - We will have the draft of the lease agreement prepared over the weekend and send to you to review” Great, right? So my pregnant wife to be and I promptly give 30 days’ notice to our current landlords, rent a U-Haul, shut down all our cable and internet, water etc. and start packing. After not hearing anything back and receiving the lease agreement as Sam Zhoa and Jianmin Zhoa outlined, I reached out. They then tell me, they’ve rented to someone else! Without so much as a word or professional courtesy of telling us! When I inquired as to why that happened, why they told us we were the right fit and why they told us that while continuing to show the property, they said that the other people offered $95 dollars more. They said that because we could meet face to face, they moved with someone else. REALLY?!? We would have met face to face when we got the keys. We could have skype chatted, we could have flown out, we could have spoke over the phone. We could have done so much had they told us. We would have been willing to pay the extra $95 dollars, but they could be decent enough or kind enough to just update us on the situation!

So the moral of this experience is that Sam L. Zhoa and Jianmin Zhoa don’t have a clue on how to be professional or decent human beings. They could have told us the truth from the get go. Sam Zhoa could have said, "we are tentatively accepting you but will continue to show the property until the deposit it in hand". Or they could have told us that choose someone else before we gave 30 days notice and all the other things outlined above. They could have done so much to be decent and professional to let my pregnant wife and I know what was going on. Now we’re stuck HOMELESS, scrambling to find a place to live, stressed to our ears on what to do! Thanks a lot Sam L. Zhoa and Jianmin Zhoa! I’d say I hope you feel bad for what you did to my family but clearly you only care about yourselves and money!

DON’T RENT FROM THESE SCUMBAGS! IF THIS IS HOW THEY TREAT PEOPLE WHO HAVEN’T EVEN MOVED IN, IMAGE HOW THEY’LL TREAT YOU AS A TENANT!!!

Below is the email he sent my fiance and I if you care to continue reading. See for yourself, see his clear response telling us we are selected. Don't listen to him if he says there was s election process, we were clearly selected! He'll offer the ability to speak with his past tenants... even rapists have a good reference up their sleeve.

Hi Justin and Tiffani,

Thank you again for submitting all the documentation we need. Both me and my wife (Jianmin) have reviewed them and we do think you are the right tenants we are looking for - a family of working professionals with good credits and good financial background. We decided to move forward to prepare the lease agreement with the rent setting at $3000 per month, starting on 4/15. We will have the draft of the lease agreement prepared over the weekend and send to you to review as soon as possible.

After you review the agreement and if you would like to move forward with that, then you will sign the 1 year lease agreement. We'll need a non- refundable check of $1500 deposit to hold the property on the date when the agreement is signed. Will your in-law be able to deliver the check to us? We will remove the posting and stop showing the property when we receive the non-refundable check of $1500 from you. The $1500 deposit will become part of the 1st month rent when you move in. If for whatever reason, you change your mind and decide not to fulfill the rental agreement, the $1500 will not be refundable, as we will have to take time and re-start the rental application process again.

Also, a little bit about us: we are working professionals, with 2 daughters 8, 6 years old. We are living in San Carlos. My wife works for a semiconductor chip maker company in the south bay and I work for the City and County of San Francisco. We have a regular but busy life with 2 young kids and work, but we have been always responded to tenant inquiry in a timely manner.

Please let us know if you have any questions.

Thanks,

Sam

Product or Service Mentioned: House Rental.

Reason of review: Poor customer service.

Monetary Loss: $5000.

Preferred solution: An apology and admission of doing us wrong.

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