House hunting students urged be wary of ‘accommodation scams’ – The Irish Times

Irish and international students are being advised to take extra care when searching for accommodation in the coming weeks to avoid being scammed and losing their money to rogue landlords, housing groups have warned.

A new awareness campaign, entitled ‘Scamwatch’, is encouraging students to follow a number of short guidelines when seeking accommodation to avoid falling victim to a rental scam.

These include always viewing the property before you agree to rent, not paying in cash, always requesting a receipt and taking extra care when the rental rate seems like a bargain.

Síona Cahill, Union of Students of Ireland (USI) president, warned that incoming first year students and international students were at particular risk of being scammed in their attempts to find a home.

She said many foreign students who read about the Irish housing crisis agree to leases online before moving to Ireland for fear of not finding a

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