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    Myself and 2 others found a house through a university accommodation site, the landlord is private and not charging any admin or holding fee's. We met him when we viewed the property and he seems a nice enough guy, with his own business next door, but really we don't know him from adam.

    He is getting a tenancy agreement written up but has asked for us to pay the deposit ASAP to ''secure' the tenancy, even though we haven't signed anything yet. I am very wary, though I would like to think I am certain he wouldn't screw us over, I just think that if we paid and he f****d off with our money we wouldn't have a leg to stand on.

    Can anyone give me some advice as to whether this is normal, or not?
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    (Original post by sultryabyss)
    Myself and 2 others found a house through a university accommodation site, the landlord is private and not charging any admin or holding fee's. We met him when we viewed the property and he seems a nice enough guy, with his own business next door, but really we don't know him from adam.

    He is getting a tenancy agreement written up but has asked for us to pay the deposit ASAP to ''secure' the tenancy, even though we haven't signed anything yet. I am very wary, though I would like to think I am certain he wouldn't screw us over, I just think that if we paid and he f****d off with our money we wouldn't have a leg to stand on.

    Can anyone give me some advice as to whether this is normal, or not?
    I would avoid at all costs.

    It is unusual to be paying the deposit before the tenancy agreement. It is even more dangerous if it is a private landlord rather than a high street letting agent. Letting agencies are bound by trading standards, and should you choose one of these, you are protected by the tenancy deposit scheme.

    For all you know, he could just run off with your money, quite rightly as you said.
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    I would avoid at all costs.

    It is unusual to be paying the deposit before the tenancy agreement. It is even more dangerous if it is a private landlord rather than a high street letting agent. Letting agencies are bound by trading standards, and should you choose one of these, you are protected by the tenancy deposit scheme.

    For all you know, he could just run off with your money, quite rightly as you said.
    He has assured us that he is going to be using a government tenancy deposit scheme. His previous tenants have been in the house for 3 years, so I feel I should believe him. But at the same time, I know I'm being sensible to be a bit wary.
 
 
 
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