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“1. Repeated credit check fees

Landlords often carry out credit checks on prospective tenants in order to avoid them defaulting on their landlord; however, some agents charge a high credit check fee.

The UK study notes mention that overall, credit check reports are around £100, but some agents make tenants pay more. Worse still, some agents will show you a number of properties and then ask you to do multiple credit checks, which is completely unnecessary as the credit check will only tell the landlord the tenant’s previous credit history.

2. Non-refundable administration charges

An international Leeds student accommodation once told us that she had been charged a £210 fee by her agent because she thought she already owned the house. Her agent then told her that the landlord had accepted another offer, but that her fees were non-refundable. Other, worse cases have occurred where tenants have even paid a £540 processing fee.

International students in the UK should refuse to pay the fee until you are sure that the house is yours. You may not have to pay any fees if you are dealing with a private landlord. You can find such landlords on websites such as (London only),,, or You can even find Leeds student accommodation properties on social networking sites such as Facebook, Weibo ( twitter in China). If you are a student, you will have the contact details of a private landlord at the University. In Scotland, there is no tenant fee.

3. Unprotected deposits (deposit)

Landlords are legally required to protect tenant deposits by placing them in one of three schemes: Deposit Protection Scheme, My Deposit and Tenancy Deposit Scheme.

It is very important in living in the UK to make sure that you know which scheme they use to protect your deposit before you sign the contract, and make sure that they show evidence that your deposit is protected, as this will avoid future disputes. Every deposit protection scheme has a free grievance service which you can use if your landlord deliberately fails to refund your deposit. Look for a website that will help you. To check if your deposit is protected, ask your agent for a reference number and call them yourself.”

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