Is it normal for a landlord to ask for the deposit before signing the contract?Watch
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I’m going into second year of uni and the landlord for the house I’m going to be moving into has requested I pay a £250 deposit. I haven’t seen the contract and haven’t signed anything as of yet. Is this normal? I’m not particularly on top of rental procedures but I just expected the deposit payment would be part of signing the contract or something you did afterward
This has been the case with each of my last 2 properties. Not sure on how many do this but I also did do research into the realtor to make sure the agency is reputable.
dependent on the agency, some require a fee to remove the listing for the time prior to your contract signing/etc. it's BS I know, but that's how it is these days. only do this for reputable agencies though (like mnot said.)
some websites may hold the deposit for you, or it might go straight to the landlord. if it's a private landlord without an agency, never never pay such a deposit without a contract first.