Those seeking rooms to rent could be easily deceived especially if they aren’t from United Kingdom or if they want a tenancy for the first time.
Fake landlords find many ways to scam you, especially making you send them money before seeing the house or they can use the deposit to scam you.
To avoid to be scammed by fake landlords that try to use the deposit to fool you, you must follow some rules and tips!
First, never pay a deposit on the internet! If the landlord says that he isn’t in the city or in the country and he doesn’t arrive soon, find another landlord! You have big chances to be scammed! Never pay a deposit via banks or the internet! First, go to see the house to be sure that it is real. Read the contract and only after that sign it! After you sign it, you have the liability to pay the deposit! If you do that you can pay it however you or your landlord wants!
Your deposit is used in case you do not pay your rent or in case you make damages in the house!
Another way to scam you is to not write in the inventory all the damages. Before sign the contract, inspect the house! Go in all rooms; verify all the furniture, all decorations, windows, carpets and electronic appliances! After that, verify in inventory to see if each damage is written on the paper. If not, tell your landlord to write it. If you do not do that he can say that you damage it and in this way he will take money from the deposit even if you do nothing!
If you do not do that, at least notice your landlord about any damage you see immediately after you move in! If he is a responsible and honest landlord he will not say that you did it and he will understand!
To rent rooms in London can be difficult and it is a prosper business because almost no one buy a house, they rent one!
Another advice we can get you is to verify the scheme of your deposit with some months before your leaving! Each deposit may have been protected by a scheme, if not it means that your landlord tries to scam you! You can get your deposit back at the end of your tenancy if you bring a County Court.
If you do room share London or house share London you can talk to your possible roommates or house mates to understand how your landlord is, if they have problems with them or how they are. It is very important to talk to them and see how they are because if you think that you can’t get along with them our advice is to not move in because you will have problems for sure.
Renting rooms in London is something very popular. Almost all student and young workers rent a house or a room because they do not have enough money to buy one.