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Tenants Say Landlord Renting Home to Multiple People

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Only on FOX: A landlord has a lot of explaining to do and two groups of tenants are talking to police about a mess over a rental home.

"It's pretty nice inside, and we fell in love with it," says 21-year-old Aric Suber-Jenkins.

He's talking about a home at 2227 Tulip Street in Fishtown. He calls it the dream house for he and his roommates.

"He's like, 'Give me $200, $250, and I'll take it off the market and take the ad off Craigslist."

Suber-Jenkins says the landlord, Dan Douglass, offered them a lease on the spot, and they signed it. That was July 8th. They gave him another $650 the next day and got the keys to the place.

"Naturally, we were like, 'That's weird.' But at the same time, we were like, 'Awesome. We have the keys and we can move stuff in early,'" says Suber-Jenkins.

Now, fast-forward to Tuesday, a day before the official move-in date which was Aug. 1, and a moving truck pulls up outside the house.

"It's surreal," said Matt Zeilinger. He had a lease to move in the same day. He'd already given Douglass $3,600.

"We got utilities switched over, we're going to have to deal with that, and we have people delivering furniture on Thursday," said Zeilinger.

FOX 29 confronted Douglass, who called police claiming he never agreed to let the students move in on two months' rent instead of three. He says the students were never supposed to move in.

Neighbors claim Douglass has caused this same type of chaotic scene before.

"He also showed this house to three girls yesterday," neighbor Donna Walsh said.

Neighbors were happy to see cops cuff Douglass and take him in for questioning.

Philadelphia police said Douglass has been arrested several times before for this same thing.

On Tuesday night, police said Douglass was being charged with two counts of fraud by deception. Their investigation remains open.

The students say they plan on staying in the house through the criminal and legal process they're pursuing.

Zeilinger says he and his wife will have to find a new place to live. He didn't want to put struggling students out on the street.

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