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Should I pay an agent to rent a house through them

I am looking to rent a house but was told that if I do via an agent I'll be chargrd some fees ,Is that legal and what should I do


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It's all legal if they tell you the about the details of the fee/charge before you sign. You can always go to another agent who does not charge? Or look for properties advertised by landlords in Loot, Gumtree etc (... as usual buyer beware) Look at the 'Shelter' website, they will have some good advice.

Always ask about charges. We were told it would be £60 to sign up, so we paid it. But as it was based on six monthly contract, we found we had to pay another £60 at the begining of each six months. This was not explained at the outset, so beware. It's a bit of a rip off as all they had to do at the begining of each six months was print out a piece of paper, 10 seconds work for £60, not bad.

My daughter rented one found in gum tree . the problems only came to light after a few months when the man they thought was the land lord did a bunk and some other person turned up saying they were the land lord. the lease my daughter had turned out to be worthless. she sought advice from citizens advice and shelter and was informed that there are a lot of scams going on so they advised her to get any documentation checked by them before signing. She has now gone through an agent but the charges can be hundreds of pounds, but she is now protected legaly .

Ask the agent what fees would be involved, initially and recurring. They are obliged to tell you before you sign anything. Regard the fees as part of the rent when comparing flats that are available. Mike