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It has been brought to our attention that some members of the public have experienced fraud by someone purporting to use DepositGuard - Read More.
It has been brought to our attention that some members of the public have experienced fraud by someone purporting to use DepositGuard. Tenants searching for rental properties online have been asked to pay a deposit (sometimes upwards of £1,400) directly into a bank account, simply to secure a viewing.
Please note this is a scam and we are doing everything we can to prevent further instances. It is important to highlight that being asked for a sizeable deposit to view a potential property is highly unusual and should be treated with extreme caution.
These are the only legitimate DepositGuard websites:
- www.rla.org.uk/depositguard - For members of the RLA
- www.depositguard.co.uk - For members of the London Landlord Accreditation Scheme
- www.leedslas.co.uk/depositguard - For members of the Leeds Landlord Accreditation Scheme
- www.rlaas.co.uk/depositguard - For members of the RLA Accreditation Scheme
To our knowledge, no landlords have been affected and the RLA has reported the corporate ID fraud to the police. We have also advised all tenants involved to contact the authorities.
If you know someone or you have been personally affected by this online scam, please report any activity to Action Fraud at www.actionfraud.police.uk.
DepositGuard provides accredited landlords with low-cost deposit protection from the government approved Tenancy Deposit Scheme (TDS). It allows you to protect deposits online and hold onto the deposit money; providing you with simple, cost-effective deposit protection.
If you are a member of the Residential Landlords Association, please use DepositGuard via the RLA's website.
What it means for landlords...
Under the provisions of the Housing Act 2004 if you have a tenancy that started after April 2007, and you take a deposit, then the landlord or agent must protect the deposit using a government authorised tenancy deposit scheme or risk fines of between one and three times the deposit.
The Residential Landlords' Association has teamed up with the Tenancy Deposit Scheme (TDS) to bring members deposit protection for the life of their tenancy agreement.