There are fraudsters all over the world – including the Internet, unfortunately! That is why it is very important that you take note of our security advice:
Deposit fraud: tenants should never transfer a deposit or similar payments to a landlord before signing a tenancy agreement!
As a potential tenant, you should never pay a deposit or any other form of prepayment before signing a tenancy agreement! Before signing a tenancy agreement, visit the house and reassure yourself on site of the house’s interior condition. Get to know the landlord and/or the housemate before signing the agreement.
- Always view the property before signing a tenancy agreement!
- Only transfer a tenancy deposit after signing a tenancy agreement. Insist on a receipt from the landlord!
- Property viewings are always free of charge – never transfer money to a landlord prior to viewing a property!
- Never send money to strangers via a money-transfer service (e.g. Western Union, MoneyGram or similar)!
Cheque fraud: landlords should not accept payment by cheque!
A cheque does not represent a guaranteed payment – banks to not have to pay out on uncovered cheques or stolen cheques!
Landlords should thus be very suspicious of the “tall” tales of potential tenants and not ever accept payments by cheque. Should a potential tenant nevertheless send you a cheque and then demand a full or partial refund, you should be very careful. If such a case occurs, contact your bank; you should never pay the demanded sum prematurely. Only make the payment when your bank has confirmed that the cheque you submitted to them has actually cleared. Attention: with foreign cheques, the clearing process could take several weeks; that means that a cheque submitted to the bank weeks ago can still bounce!
Only accept transfers, because transfers are cheaper (including within the EU), quicker, and above all safer than payments by cheque!
Please inform us of any breaches or suspicious notices so that we can act accordingly to protect all users.
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