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Renting from a private landlord found on gumtree

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Hi all, this is my story and I need some advice on whether the flat offer I’m receiving might be a scam or genuine.

I found a flat I liked on gumtree which is very reasonably priced with all bills included and the flat being newly refurbished.  The pictures looked amazing.  I immediately replied to the owner of the ad with whom I could only leave a message on gumtree.  I then received a mobile text message to send an email address to the owner.  Apparently the owner is abroad but returns every weekend.  They would like to rent the property to me and from what I have seen, I’m extremely interested.

No money has been exchanged, no requests for money transfers either.  This weekend, they would like me to view the property, bring my passport and 2 months deposit and pay a months rent and then view their contract to confirm they own the property, before signing on a 6 month tenancy agreement.

I still have lots of time to decide, and I am investigating what else I would need to protect myself from potential scams.  At the moment, I feel as if this is a genuine offer, but it is gumtree and the potential to be scammed is very large.

Any advice anyone could give me would be greatly appreciated.

Regards

Ed

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Hi Ed

It sounds like you’re doing all the right things. You do need to view the property but don’t feel any pressure to hand over everything there and then. Normally, the deposit is paid when you move in – or just before you move in – so the landlord doesn’t need that right away. You also don’t need to pay your first month’s rent until the contract is actually signed. In my experience as a tenant, all you’d normally pay at this stage is a holding deposit to take the property off the market.

Why don’t you ask them to send you the contract now – that will give you more time to look over it and it should be pretty easy for them to email it to you. You can also carry out a search at the Land Registry to see who the legal owner of the property is and make sure that confirms what they tell/show you. Perhaps google the property address too and see if anything comes up about it.

There are a lot of great private landlords out there but I guess it’s worth bearing in mind that there’s no such thing as an amazing deal in renting these days so if it seems to good to be true then perhaps don’t take it.

Alex

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Hi all, this is my story and I need some advice on whether the flat offer I’m receiving might be a scam or genuine. I found a flat I liked on gumtree which is very reasonably priced with all bills included and the flat being newly refurbished.  The pictures looked amazing.  I immediately replied to the owner of the ad with whom I could only leave a message on gumtree.  I then received a mobile text message to send an email address to the owner.  Apparently the owner is abroad but returns every weekend.  They would like to rent the property to me and from what I have seen, I’m extremely interested. No money has been exchanged, no requests for money transfers either.  This weekend, they would like me to view the property, bring my passport and 2 months deposit and pay a months rent and then view their contract to confirm they own the property, before signing on a 6 month tenancy agreement. I still have lots of time to decide, and I am investigating what else I would need to protect myself from potential scams.  At the moment, I feel as if this is a genuine offer, but it is gumtree and the potential to be scammed is very large. Any advice anyone could give me would be greatly appreciated. Regards Ed

– Ed

 

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