10:20 AM, 14th August 2013, About 9 years ago 36
I am a student that will be studying in the United Kingdom soon.
I really need some advice on whether I should rent the property that I found through a website.
The agent to that property is insisting on 12 months rent in advance and an extra 1 month rent as deposit. They also charge an additional £199 for a background check which I know it is a standard procedure but it usually only costs £150.
I really wanted to know whether it is normal for a tenant to pay an upfront of 12 months and whether the agent is reliable.
I sincerely thank anyone that can provide me any advice.