Colin Clocks Credit Con

If you or your kids are off to University soon, read on – former Doctor Who Colin Baker has uncovered a pocket draining scam aimed at students and their families, and wisely used his status to highlight the con.

It seems that unscrupulous student property estate agents levy budget airline-style charges for things such as credit checks on students tyring to find rented accommodation, and Colin discovered that his daughter Bindy and her four friends were being charged £100 for such a check while preparing for their second-year studies at the Bristol Academy of Performing Arts.

“The letting agent asked for credit checks on each of them. Not unreasonable, I suppose. What is unreasonable is the cost. They were told they had to pay £100 per tenant. When they gulped in shock and dismay at this unexpected extra cost at a time when they were struggling to balance their student finances, the agent told them that they were lucky.

‘Other agents were charging £200 and more, as if that made him OK, rather than them even worse!’

Sadly charging a fee such as this – while morally suspect – is entirely legal.

Those estate agents know how to give themselves a bad name don’t they…?

Christian Cawley

A long-term Doctor Who fan, Christian grew up watching the show and has early memories of the Graham Williams era. His favourite stories are Inferno, The Seeds of Doom and Human Nature (although The Empty Child, Blink and Utopia all come close). When he’s not bossing around the news team, Christian is a freelance writer specialising in mobile technology and domestic computing, and enjoys classic rock, cooking and spending time in the countryside with his wife and young children. You can find him on Twitter, Facebook and Google+.

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