11:57 AM, 4th April 2019, About 2 years ago 2
The National Landlords Association (NLA) is reminding would-be tenants to be vigilant when looking for somewhere new to live and to avoid getting scammed.
The NLA has been contacted by several people who have been the target of fraudulent activity. Such scams trick people into paying an advance fee to rent a property and, in these instances, fraudsters have used NLA branding and fake letters from NLA Local Representatives in order to add legitimacy to the scam and lure their victims in to a false sense of security.
Scammers often target those who are coming from abroad and are securing property online. Typically once money has been sent the ‘landlord’ becomes un-contactable leaving the potential tenant defrauded.
The NLA is reissuing guidance about avoiding online rental fraud which was drafted in conjunction with the NUS and the National Crime Agency:
Richard Lambert, CEO of the National Landlords Association said:
“Rental fraud is one of the uglier aspects of private renting. Tenants, no matter where they are from, should not send payment to advertisers before they are certain it is genuine and should contact their university who will have a list of reputable landlords and letting agents.
“If you receive official correspondence from a ‘landlord’ and are worried it might be a scam, often a good clue is that it will be written in poor English. Tenants should also remember they can check if a landlord is an NLA member or accredited by visiting www.landlords.org.uk/member-verification
“Any tenant that falls victim to such a scam should contact the relevant authorities in their own country and alert the police in the UK via www.actionfraud.police.uk.”
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