Rules of Thumb for Renting
Why is it everyone seems to want to move house in spring and summer? Whatever the reason, peak property season is upon us, and whether you’re looking to buy, rent or share here are some tips to help you find the perfect new home.
- View properties in person. Anyone willing to rent a property without meeting the prospective tenant first, (even if they claim that it’s because they’re currently overseas) is unlikely to be legit’.
- For personal safety, take someone with you.
- Never send or wire money to landlords. This includes never mailing a cheque or using payment services like Bidpay, Western Union or Money Gram. These forms of funds transfer can be favoured by fraudsters.
- If the owner, property manager or sub-letter does not have a formal lease agreement, one can be downloaded from the Department of Fair Trading website.
- Gumtree doesn’t offer any sort of buyer protection or payment programs. So if a prospective landlord or property seller suggests this it is likely to be a scam. If you receive any emails promoting these services, please report it to us.
- Never provide your personal or banking information (e.g. credit card number) to others over the Internet.
- Use common sense. If something sounds too good to be true, it probably is.