Students Beware | Property Owners Insurance
Now is the time for a scramble for student accommodation. It is also a time for con artists. They will pose as Landlords and get deposits and first month's rent before disappearing. They do this by using a house/room, often for only a day or even a few hours.
What should Students Do?
Ask for identification is the simplest way. A copy of a utility bill and/or driving licence with name and address is often the best way. an added bonus is membership of the Irish Property Owners Association or a licensed letting agent.
A legitimate property owners should be able to provide identification and should not be reluctant to do so. A property owner should prefer tenants who are not gullible, she said.
First-time students should familiarise themselves the Residential Tenancies Board website www.rtb.ie.