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Looking to rent a property? Avoid being scammed

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Published: 04/10/2016   Last Updated: 04/10/2016  
Tags: Looking To Rent A Property Avoid Being Scammed

A shortage of rental property in the UK has resulted in would-be tenants finding it harder to secure somewhere to live. Unfortunately those unscrupulous people in our society are targeting people desperate to rent a house, according to an article by the Times.

YouGov, stated that in 2013, 1 million people fell foul of fraudsters.* Fake landlords are advertising properties on-line and are tricking people into parting with deposits for non-existent properties.

It’s very easy for a fraudster to upload fake photographs on-line and then take them down along with their email address once someone has parted with their money. At Hawes and Co we would always suggest using a registered lettings agent, however if you do find a house to rent on-line we would advise you visit the property and sign a contract first before handing over any money. Your security deposit should be paid directly into a rental deposit scheme. Ask for the landlord’s identification and ask to see copies of his utility bills. If a property seems to good to be true, then it probably is. Never wire money abroad.

If you use a registered ARLA, The Association of Registered Lettings Agents, such as Hawes and Co then you know that they will adhere to a certain code of conduct, which will give you peace of mind in the knowledge that all of their letting properties have been properly vetted, that they meet the latest safety regulations; concerning CO2 detectors, smoke detectors and servicing of boilers etc. and your rental deposit will automatically go into a rental deposit scheme.

If you would like to find out more information about renting a property then why not pop into your local branch of Hawes and Co or follow this link to view all of our latest properties to let.



*http://www.telegraph.co.uk/money/consumer-affairs/would-be-tenants-hit-by-rise-in-online-rental-fraud/