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    • Jalal
    • By Jalal 18th May 17, 4:03 PM
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    safety when dealing with letting agents
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    • 18th May 17, 4:03 PM
    safety when dealing with letting agents 18th May 17 at 4:03 PM
    Hi

    I just want your help regarding renting for the first time although i have done research of major pitfalls. I rang up someone on spareroom.co.uk regarding a single room and it seemed dodgy as it was advertised as letting agency.

    He gave me the postcode but wasn't saying name of LL. I wanted to know this as this seems like the most important thing to check the genuineness of. Is this reasonable to ask when dealing with agencys?

    Anyone have any experience of how best to proceed with paying agencys and protecting self from rogue agents who might run off with money?
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    • elverson
    • By elverson 18th May 17, 4:18 PM
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    • 18th May 17, 4:18 PM
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    • 18th May 17, 4:18 PM
    Don't pay any money before you've seen the accommodation.

    Ideally don't pay the rent in cash.

    Make sure you get a tenancy in writing.
    • Guest101
    • By Guest101 18th May 17, 4:29 PM
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    • 18th May 17, 4:29 PM
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    • 18th May 17, 4:29 PM
    Hi

    I just want your help regarding renting for the first time although i have done research of major pitfalls. I rang up someone on spareroom.co.uk regarding a single room and it seemed dodgy as it was advertised as letting agency.

    He gave me the postcode but wasn't saying name of LL. I wanted to know this as this seems like the most important thing to check the genuineness of. Is this reasonable to ask when dealing with agencys?

    Anyone have any experience of how best to proceed with paying agencys and protecting self from rogue agents who might run off with money?
    Originally posted by Jalal


    Well using a high street branch helps with this.


    Spareroom is usually, but not exclusively, for lodgers.
    • Jalal
    • By Jalal 18th May 17, 4:41 PM
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    • 18th May 17, 4:41 PM
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    • 18th May 17, 4:41 PM
    yes unfortunately i can only afford single room and some agencys are advertising on spare room
    • Guest101
    • By Guest101 18th May 17, 4:49 PM
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    • 18th May 17, 4:49 PM
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    • 18th May 17, 4:49 PM
    yes unfortunately i can only afford single room and some agencys are advertising on spare room
    Originally posted by Jalal


    But don't use an agency then? Loads of live in landlords advertise on there
    • Fireflyaway
    • By Fireflyaway 18th May 17, 4:55 PM
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    • 18th May 17, 4:55 PM
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    • 18th May 17, 4:55 PM
    Right move advertise rooms. My husband found one on there. Through an agent - we went to the office and they did everything as though it were a normal house rental.
    • rtho782
    • By rtho782 18th May 17, 5:02 PM
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    • 18th May 17, 5:02 PM
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    • 18th May 17, 5:02 PM
    I imagine the LA were worried you were another LA trying to poach their business or trying to get in direct contact with the LL to cut them out.
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