My daughter is coming to the end of her 3 yr Midwifery course at Uni. She's just had a bid accepted on a place to rent, via an online letting agency. We're new to this system of house-hunting (have looked at lots of MSE posts to see if this topic has been covered before).
My question is, are there any checks and balances in place for online bidding like this, as it seems it could be open to abuse by rogue landlords/letting agents? It's not an open system as there's no way of checking who/if there really are other bidders (I appreciate the need for data protection/privacy). The rent went up by nearly 10% from what was advertised. This is a lot for someone in her circumstances. Is this normal?