Illegal sites promote fake tenancy agreements

A number of illegal lettings websites are being established to con people out of thousands of pounds, one organisation has warned.

Known as scraping sites, they imitate genuine portals and encourage consumers to enter into tenancy agreements and part with deposits, the Association of Residential Letting Agents (Arla) said.

"Criminals who are operating from abroad can misappropriate company brands and industry logos to convince consumers that they are dealing with a legitimate lettings organisation," explained Ian Potter, operations manager at Arla.

As a result, landlords are requested to provide details to show clients that their operations are legal, such as by giving copies of tenancy agreements and safety certificates.

Lawpack's tenancy agreements are all solicitor approved by landlord and tenant experts PainSmith Solicitors, so landlords can trust that they are legally binding and up to date.

Clydesdale & Yorkshire Banks found earlier this week that around 30 per cent of people in the UK are currently seeking to move house at some point this year.

They noted that this is around three times higher than the amount of people willing to move at the height of the recession.

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Published on: February 18, 2011

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