January 1, 2010 - 9:00 AM by

homeless_032109I thought the emails were spam. They were coming in by the dozens, often misspelled and lacking capitalization, a sure sign that it was that spate of Viagra or 80% Off LuxuryWatches emails that arrive each weekend. You know what I’m talking about.

But then I took a closer look at some of them and realized that they were in response to an ad for sharing an apartment, my apartment in Tel Aviv, it would seem. Except that I don’t have an apartment in Tel Aviv. Here’s a sample:

Hello Jessica,

My name is Erez Cohen, I’m 29 years old, practice accountancy at a firm in Tel-Aviv.
Looking for a place to rent and enjoy the night life of Tel-Aviv.
My hobbies are jogging and swimming.
You can find my here (by my e-mail).

Good day

And on and on. I finally emailed one of them and asked where they’d seen the ad. Homeless, they responded, the Israeli website for finding and posting rentals. Sure enough, the person who had posted this particular ad was also named Jessica, and she, mistakenly I assume, had used my email address instead of her own.

I emailed her, I emailed Homeless. No response. According to Homeless, it’s the site used by only those serious about finding or renting out their place. Clearly this Jessica is not serious, or she’d realize that she’s not receiving any emails.

And the emails keep on coming, although they are slowing down. According to my friend Hadass who lives in Tel Aviv and has been looking for a new apartment for months, the sheer number of them isn’t surprising, given the state of the Tel Aviv rental market. Well, if they’re counting on Jessica’s apartment, they will remain, homeless.


4 Comments on Homeless

  1. tel aviv-apartment on Thu, Jan 14th 2010 4:19 AM
  2. hello there. that’s so bad to know. if that would be the case, everyone must also be aware of it. thank you so much for your post for it really helped me a lot. your article is a reminder for us to keep away from those sites that are worthy of our trust. God bless. i just hope there would still be a lot of people who would come across this page too. i would even share this page to my friends.

  3. glasnost on Sat, Mar 20th 2010 2:09 AM
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  5. Apartments in Tel Aviv on Tue, Aug 30th 2011 9:22 PM
  6. what can you do mistakes happen

  7. Danny Teshuva on Sun, Nov 6th 2011 6:14 PM
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