Important warning to anyone looking to rent a property – Written by Bolton Letting Agents, Westpine Property Lettings
The National Landlords Association has issued a warning this month about the number of ongoing rental scams on Gumtree. The NLA has advised that it has received a number of worrying reports of defrauded tenants, as a new wave of scams are starting to appear on the Gumtree site.
Potential tenants are replying to advertisements on the website for rental accommodation in the UK. After supposed rental acceptance, tenants are then asked to send money over to the “landlord”.
Having sent the money, the tenants attempt to make contact with the “landlord” or collect keys to the rental property, only to find out that the “landlord” is not able to be contacted and the potential tenant has been defrauded, losing their money.
In one recent scam, the “landlord” claimed to be a member of the NLA, even using the NLA logo. Fake letters from NLA local representatives were also used to support their demands for the rental money.
Westpine Property Lettings & Management of Bolton advise that prospective tenants should not send payments in response to advertisements without first making checks that the advertisement is genuine. We advise all prospective tenants to use a reputable lettings agency in order to search for a suitable property. That way a prospective tenant can rest assured that the property is genuine, the landlord is fully checked and that any payments made are secure and guaranteed.
Signs of Gumtree scams often show signs of poor English, an unwillingness to speak on the phone and requests for paypal/bank transfer payments. If your first impression is that of suspicion then you are advised to avoid. The scams can lead unsuspecting and inexperienced tenants to trust and to part with money.
By using an ARLA licensed letting agency such as Westpine Property Lettings, prospective tenants can rest in the knowledge that landlords are fully checked and authenticated before any property advertising commences. Don’t risk your money – stay safe and use a lettings agency.
Westpine Property Lettings can be contacted on 01204 694121 or firstname.lastname@example.org