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 Â£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 Â£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 Â£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…?