We rented a house a few years ago- went in to sign the paperwork and were told that they didn't have any IDEA the current tenant was moving out. And of course they didn't waive our security deposit (as she said she had arranged for them to) and rent was $50 higher.
She wanted to break the lease and figured they'd be more accommodating if she found new people to live there fist.
A specific line from a song comes to mind. "Run to the hills".
This is almost certainly a scam. Demand the tenants number and talk, if he/she doesn't want to give you the landlord's contact information then it's sealed - the tenant is trying to scam you and the landlord. If you have the address then it should be possible to find out who the landlord is anyway and ask them about this deal.
Amen to that. At least now you can see if they've read the message = Are ignoring you on purpose. I hope it turns out alright. That friend of a friend seems odd to say the least. Either that person is really ignorant or a part of the scam.
I'd be shocked if she was in on the scam. I think she's just very naive with stars in her eyes, plus her mom is encouraging her. It is a very nice house in a great location for a cheap price, and I'd jump on it in a second if we could talk to the owner. Sounds like it's too good to be true, unfortunately.
I could be wrong depending on your local laws and stuff but she can arrange all she wants with the tenant - but without some kind of an arrangement with the landlord you could all still end up unexpectedly homeless or worse. But I don't see what could go wrong with making an arrangement with the landlord but not the current tenant - so surely that would be the sensible place to start?
Why would the tenant have any interest in cutting a deal for the property anyway, unless they were trying to lumber someone with some crap they didn't want to deal with? Or trying to scam money out of someone who looked gullible?
I never had a horrible roommate or landlord but I did a have a crazy roommate one time. We fell out during a drunken argument and he divided the flat into two and kept on his side and didn't step into my side. I had the toilet in my half so he kept all his bodily waste in jars and stuff and it started to smell real bad.
I told him it was dumb and that he should use the toilet and I went into his half all the time but he didn't budge.
Also he used to insist on playing his porn loud enough for the neighbours to hear otherwise he said 'there wouldn't be any point...'