With renting having been quickly established as the main way to put a roof over 20 somethings heads, it’s vital that before a tenant rents, they make sure they understand the scams that some unscrupulous ‘would be’ landlords pursue.
It’s a bit like buying a car but making sure it has an MOT, checking the best before date on food or making sure clothes are in good condition before you buy.
The worst way to possible rent a property is to put a postcode into the likes of Gumtree or a property portal, visit, fall in love, hand over your money and get scammed either before you move in or during your tenancy.
There are plenty of rules and regulations that protect tenants, but if you don’t know what they are or don’t think it matters to check them out beforehand, plenty of people in this unregulated market will be happy to take your money and not take care of you.
That’s a shame because there are also plenty of great agents and landlords that will take great care of you and understand your (and their) rights and responsibilities.