A pleasant and plausible prospective tenant or housebuyer would ask to borrow a key so they can pay a deciding visit to a vacant property on their own. But when they return the key, saying they are no longer interested, they had already had their own copy cut.
They then became bogus landlord, letting the property to their own unsuspecting ‘tenants’, taking three months advance rent … and disappearing – leaving the real landlord to discover, in time, tenants occupying what he thought was an empty property.
The Mail on Sunday is now following up this story and has asked if any RLA members were among the victims of this scam (so they can talk about the experience)
As far as I can recall, no RLA members were involved but if they were, and would be happy to talk to the Mail on Sunday about it, please let me know ASAP.
Powell Communications (the RLA's PR agency)
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