Students being scammed by fake landlords

Renters in the UK are facing a difficult time to find somewhere to live, with demand outweighing supply for houses and flats across the country, resulting in rental prices being pushed up.

Many university students live away from their family home in private rental properties. Recent research shows that average student rents went up by 14.6% in the last year.

But now scammers are taking advantage of the lucrative and competitive student rental market, by posing as legitimate landlords. These criminals are demanding deposits and advanced rent payments for properties that don’t even exist.

BBC reporter Gordon Smart has produced a fascinating TV programme which exposes the growing problem of scammers who pretend to be landlords in order to steal thousands of pounds from unsuspecting students and their parents.

Click here to watch this programme.

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