What Is Rental Fraud and Should You Be Worried? ๐Ÿ˜Ÿ๐Ÿชช

With the cost of living crisis dominating headlines, it's important to note that the fallout of an economic downturn can be a costly one for landlords.

While issues such as unpaid rent, tenant disputes, and loss of employment are always a risk, these are more prevalent during recessions.

In addition, rental fraud is on the up, so itโ€™s essential to protect your investment and be on high alert.

There are two types of fraud landlords need to be aware of.

1. Fake documents

Fake documentation includes doctored payslips and bank statements, bogus references and forged proof of identity.ย With sophisticated software, it can be hard to tell which documents are real or not, so thorough reference checks are more important than ever.

A phony tenant could cost a landlord upwards of ยฃ30,000 in unpaid rent, legal costs, and eviction orders.

2. Subletting rooms

Rents are at an all-time high and some tenants may supplement their rent by subletting rooms without agreement from their landlord.

Landlords should be wary of subletting due to the following reasons:

โœ”๏ธCould cause a landlord to default on mortgage/insurance terms

โœ”๏ธLoss of control over the rental property

โœ”๏ธItโ€™s harder to evict a subletting tenant

โœ”๏ธProperty maintenance issues could go unreported

How to Avoid Rental Fraud?

Use a trusted and experienced letting agent to find and vet prospective tenants.

Unfortunately, fake documentation is becoming more common, and agents know what to look out for and which questions to ask.

As well as carrying out regular inspections to avoid issues related to subletting.

By skipping the reference stage or asking for minimal documents, landlords are at a higher risk of being defrauded.

If youโ€™re a landlord concerned about rental fraud, contact our team at NGU Homes to discuss how we can help, and make sure to save the video below for future reference!๐Ÿ‘‡