Gar­daí is­sue ad­vice to help col­lege-go­ers avoid be­ing scammed

Bray People - - NEWS -

THE gar­daí are urg­ing the public to be wary of rental scams, par­tic­u­larly at this time of year when stu­dents are re­turn­ing to col­lege.

While rental scams oc­cur through­out the year there is a spike due to a new gen­er­a­tion of third level stu­dents seek­ing ac­com­mo­da­tion.

The gar­daí have is­sued a num­ber of pieces of ad­vice to peo­ple to help them avoid be­ing scammed.

They urge peo­ple to only do busi­ness with es­tab­lished bon-fide rental agen­cies. In­di­vid­u­als should al­ways meet a prospec­tive land­lord in the ac­com­mo­da­tion to be rented and to ask for iden­ti­fi­ca­tion, a driver’s li­cence or photo iden­ti­fi­ca­tion of land­lord or let­ting agent, etc. If pos­si­ble, take a photo of the doc­u­ment. En­sure that the de­posit is paid to the land­lord and not any per­sons leav­ing the prop­erty, a courier or other per­son. The garda ad­vise us­ing cheques or bank drafts to pay the de­posit and to keep copies of re­ceipts of pay­ments and any cor­re­spon­dence.

Lastly, en­sure keys fit, open door lock and sign rental con­tract, prior to pay­ment of de­posit.

The Res­i­den­tial Te­nan­cies Board rent in­dex pro­vides im­por­tant bench­mark in­for­ma­tion and is an au­thor­i­ta­tive guide as to rents be­ing charged by land­lords ad­ja­cent to all uni­ver­si­ties, ITs and other Third Level col­leges.

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