Renting property safely


Rental fraud happens when would-be tenants are tricked into paying an upfront fee to rent a property. In reality, the property does not exist, has already been rented out, or has been rented to multiple victims at the same time.


In these cases, the victim loses the upfront fee they have paid and is not able to rent the property they thought they had secured with the payment.


AFC Properties in Southside give us top tips to ensure you rent safely.

Top tips for renting


  •         Contact the agent/landlord safely – Have you been to their shop front? Are they accredited agents eg RLA, NLA, MLAS. Are their bad news about them online or in the news stories?

联系可靠的中介/房东你是否去过他们的店铺? 他们是不是有信用的中介,例如居民业主协会(RLA),国家业主协会(NLA),中部地区业主计划(MLAS)。他们网上是否有负面信息?

  •         ‘This property seems too good to be true?‘ – It probably is! Beware of property that looks very cheap compared to other similar properties in the local area.


  •         Ask for copies of tenancy agreements and safety certificates – such as gas, electricity or House in Multiple Occupation (HMO) Licence. Check if tenancy agreements has the agents or landlord’s address which is a real registered address.


  •         Paying a deposit before seeing the property? – Never pay money until you have visited the property and met the letting agent/landlord. If you are unable to do so, ask someone you trust to do this on your behalf.

看房前支付押金? 在实地看房和见中介/房东之前,切记不要支付任何款项。如果自己不能去看房,可以委托自己信得过的朋友或者亲人代表您去看房。

  •         Ensure your deposit is protected – When renting property, if you are taking an Assured Shorthold Tenancy in England and Wales after 6th April 2007, make sure that the deposit you pay is covered by the Tenancy Deposit Protection Schemes (TDP).

确保您的押金安全200746日起, 凡在英格兰和威尔士地区签订的短期保证租房协议的,都需要确认您的押金是受租赁保证金保护方案的保护。

  •         Do not be pressurised into transferring large sums of money – Be especially skeptical if you’re asked to transfer any money via a money transfer service like Western Union.

尽量避免大笔资金的转账 要特别注意,如果你被要求通过汇款形式付款的,例如 西联汇款。

  •         Making a money transfer? Ensure it’s going to the right place – When making an internet banking transfer payment, only the account number and sort code are checked by the banks. Do not assume therefore that the payee name is correct. Also be sure you type the correct numbers; a mistake may result in your money going to the wrong account which may be costly and timely to retrieve.

资金转账? 确保资金转账无误如果通过网上银行转账,银行只负责检查收款人账号和收款银行代码。您需要检查收款人姓名及所付的金额是否正确,付款前请再次确认所填信息是否准确, 否则您的资金就会转到错误的账号,而且费时费力去索回。

  •       Are you comfortable to send your money to this person? – Do not send money to anyone until you are certain the advertiser is genuine. If in any doubt, contact the company you believe you are transferring money to, your bank or Action Fraud for more information.

确定要向他/她转账吗 在确认广告真实性之前,千万不要支付任何资金。如果有任何疑问,可以联系您信任的公司或您的银行,如有必要可联系防止诈骗行动处。

AFC Properties is a well established letting agent in Southside Chinatown, they are accredited agents and can speak Mandarin, Cantonese & English.

Looking to rent a property or have issues with the current tenancies? They would be happy to assist you.

我们在中国城南苑的租房中介是联合地产,是一家拥有良好信誉的中介。他们可提供普通话,广东话和英语多种语言服务。 如果您想租房或者对现有的租房合同有疑问,请联系他们,他们非常乐意为您效劳。