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Question about renting apartments in BCN (Barcelona)


Hey all,

I'm new in town and trying to secure an apartment. I've sent dozens of emails in response to ads I've seen on Loquo, Idealista, and Craigslist and they have all come back and said that 1. they live out of the country and 2. in order to secure the apartment, I have to send them money first and then they will send the keys/rental agreement. I obviously am not comfortable with this and haven't agreed to do so, but I have yet to receive a response from someone who actually LIVES here and would let me view the apartment before making my decision, and I've been looking for a month! Is this normal? How can I find a trustworthy landlord without paying exorbitant agency fees? Help!

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