A Joondalup property manager has reported an incident to REIWA where unauthorised tenants have moved into a vacant property.

The property manager said the tenants were scammed after advertising for a rental on Gumtree. Their advertisement was answered by a “Peter Jenkins” claiming to be a real estate agent and offering them a property.

“He then broke into the home, met the tenants, told them to move their stuff in and leave the place unlocked. He then relieved the family of $2,200 and told them he would drop the keys off in the mailbox a couple of days later,” the property manager said.

We urge you to keep a watch on any vacant properties you manage following this incident.