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Safety Tips


Students can be the victims of numerous different scams when searching for and trying to secure accommodation. This is most common when looking for housing online. Please take note of the points below on staying safe.

Never hand over any money if you have not seen the property

  • Criminals posing as landlords might ask you to transfer money (to them or to yourself) as a means of proving that you can afford a property or to show that you’re not a 'timewaster’. This is a scam which is prevalent on internet message-boards. It should be reported to the website administrator or the police.
  • Services such as Western Union or Moneygram should never be used to transfer money to people that you do not know.

Does this person have the right to let the property?

  • You can perform a Land Registry search online if you have the full address of a property. This costs £3.
  • The name of the owner will be under the ‘Proprietorship Register’ (SECTION B).
  • You can verify the full address of a property using the Post Office website.

If an advert seems too good to be true...

  • Exercise extra caution where you see a property advertised at an exceptionally low rent compared with other properties in the area.

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