Landlords should take care only to work with letting agents that have been fully checked and verified by the appropriate industry bodies.
That's according to advice issued by the Tenancy Deposit Scheme, whose spokesperson, Malcolm Harrison, spoke to Rman.co.uk.
Harrison said that ensuring letting agents are verified by bodies like the Association of Residential Letting Agents (ARLA) or the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) is crucial. It will means landlords are afforded "client money protection, will be up to speed with best professional practices and will automatically register a tenancy with the Tenancy Deposit Scheme." Read more about ARLA or RICS verification necessity for letting agents