Students preparing for college this September are being warned about rental scams.
Gardaí say they see a spike in scams this time of year as third level students look for accommodation for the academic year.
Officers are advising people to always meet a prospective landlord in person in the accommodation before handing over a deposit, asking for ID, keeping copies of receipts, double-checking the keys fit before paying the deposit and making sure you sign a rental contract before paying any money.
They say most common scams include:
1. A prospective landlord claiming to be out of the country and can’t show tenants the property but requests a deposit, a scammer living at the property and showing a number of people around.
2. A property owner getting a deposit from several people and disappearing with the money.
3. A seemingly normal transaction until the renter finds that the keys don’t work and the landlord has disappeared.