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Hi, i have been looking at some private ads on gumtree.

I was wondering if there was anything to an unscruplious tenant from advertising a flat to rent and then taking a deposit off an unsuspecting new tenant before making off with it.

Would it be safer to go through an agent?

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A good starting point is to carry out a Land Registry search. Only costs £3.00. It will give you LL's name and address. This will be a good starting point for further checks.

It is a common scam, and why I don't use Gumtree to advertise any more.

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Google 'Gumtree scams'.

Most of these scams work on the basis of people paying money up front before actually seeing the place (which doesn't actually exist).

If you turn up to view a property and the person who's showing you around is the person claiming to be the landlord then it is unlikely to be a scam, especially if unfurnished. (But I conceed that there have been a couple of cases, and yes only a couple, of bogus owners renting properties that didn't belong to them).

tim

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