If you are looking for a place to live from an agency consider what charges are being asked of you. It can be difficult to find a good deal so before accepting a property or handing over any money, ask the agency if it charges for:
- finding a place, tenancy agreements and inventories
- collecting the rent
- renewing your tenancy agreement when the initial contract ends
- administration costs
It is a good idea to shop around in order to find the best deal.
It is illegal for letting agents to charge for taking your details or giving you a list of properties that are available for rent. They can only charge you once you are offered a place and formally agree to take it. For more information, please contact the Housing Solutions Service.