Students are being warned to take extra steps to protect themselves from rental fraudsters.
Rental fraud takes place when victims are tricked into paying an upfront fee for a property that does not exist or which has been rented to multiple tenants at the same time. Detective Constable, Julie Wheeldon, from the East Midlands Fraud and Financial Investigation Unit, said: “Fraudsters are opportunists and often target students looking for affordable accommodation close to university sites by offering deals which seem too good to be true.”
“Make sure that you visit the property with the landlord before handing over any financial information and be wary of those landlords who refuse to let you visit the property.”
Check that a landlord is a member of the National Landlords Association (NLA) by visiting www.landlords.org.uk. More at www.derbyshire.police.uk.