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5 Ways to Avoid Being Scammed When Looking For a Rental

Posted by Nathan on 20 September 2022

When you’re moving to a new city or country, looking for accommodation can be stressful, considering you don’t know anyone or the area. This can make you the ideal victim for scammers who can be really convincing nowadays. We’ve listed a few tips that can help you avoid getting scammed, such as signing a written lease, finding real estate agents, and trusting your gut.

Does the property seem too good to be true?

You found a perfect apartment with a really low price in a good neighbourhood? Sounds like a pretty good deal, hey? I hate to break it to you, but if it sounds too good to be true, chances are it’s a scam. To avoid this, make sure you research the rental prices of the properties around the area, or you can always ask the landlord why they are renting it out at such a low price.

Make sure you’ve seen the actual place

You’ve asked the landlord for an inspection, but they say they’re not in town and offer you a virtual inspection instead? It could be a red flag. A good landlord will ensure they can meet you in person, so they feel more comfortable renting their property to you. Make sure you don’t say yes to anything until you’ve seen the actual place.

Always sign a written lease

When it comes to accommodation, verbal agreements are never enough. Even if the landlord is someone you know and trust. The reason is that written lease agreements can be concrete evidence for you in case of disputes or disagreements. Also, make sure you read the rental agreement and pay attention to what they’re asking for, so you know it’s fair for you!

Find your property through reputable sources

The best way to guarantee a stress-free rental is by relying on your established and reputable sources. This includes,, Flat Mates, local real estate agent, or accommodation agencies like ours.  Not only do they make your rental process so much easier, they always screen both prospective tenants, and landlords to make sure they are legitimate. Reputable industry experts are also the best contacts to ask when you have questions or problems about your rental.

Trust your gut!

Last but not least, trust your gut! If you have even a slight doubt about your landlord, just walk away, and look for other properties. There are more properties available on the market, and it’s always better to be safe than sorry.

RoomingKos has helped many international students find trusted student accommodation. For advice about renting for the first time and avoiding scams, please speak to us today!

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