Information on how to stay safe and avoid accommodation scams
Accommodation scams are targeted specifically at individuals who want to rent a house or a room and have no prior experience in renting a property in the UK. Scammers might ask you to transfer money to rent a property, which could turn out either not to exist or not to belong to them.
Types of scams
- Adverts for non-existent properties: Scammers get deposits for properties they don’t own or don’t exist.
- Scammers posing as landlords/letting agents, take money for properties they do not control.
- Fake communications regarding missed payments for accommodation such as scammers posing as the University.
- Overcharging rent and other hidden fees.
- Illegal subletting, renting a single property to more people than it’s suitable for.
- Renting out properties in poor or unliveable condition.
- Rogue landlords not meeting legal obligations and infringing on the rights of the tenants.
How to identify scams
- Properties can appear cheaper than expected.
- Property advertisements include suspiciously high-quality photos.
- There's a sense of urgency and pressure from the scammers to act quickly.
- Scammers might show false evidence to prove legitimacy.
- Scammers might contact individuals privately and directly pretending to be the landlord or the letting agent.
- Scammers will ask for payments through hard-to-trace money transfer services.
- Scammers would not operate through well-known agencies or be registered on local accreditation schemes.
How to prevent being scammed
- Only rent a property through reputable sources like well-known letting agents and landlords registered through local accreditation schemes or the University.
- Visit properties in person, view them properly and check the interior of a house or room before handing over any money.
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