One million people hit by landlord scams

by Christopher Evans

Almost one million people in the UK have fallen victim to landlord scams in the last three years, research shows.

According to housing charity Shelter, two per cent of people have been affected directly, while four per cent know someone who has been scammed.

One popular scam is unprotected deposits, which are withheld at the end of the tenancy for unfair reasons.

Another is let and run, where rogue landlords break into empty properties and rent them out to unsuspecting tenants, disappearing after money has exchanged hands.

Shelter is launching a national investigation to raise awareness of problems caused by rogue landlords and con artists.

As well as duping rental tenants out of money, they are also giving honest landlords and the residential lettings sector as a whole a bad name.

Anyone letting a property must adhere to strict regulations, including the need to hold deposits in a Tenancy Deposit Protection Scheme.

The Shelter survey showed that 20 per cent of tenants have still not heard of these schemes, which were introduced by the government in April 2007.

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Published on: September 13, 2010

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