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Your Questions About Renting An Apartment In London

August 14, 2013

Lisa asks…

Question about renting apartment? (Shady Issue))?

Hi im currently talking to this owner who apparently lives in London, Britain who is renting an apartment. All the details from the apartment sound like a good deal. But what happens is that i am not going to be able to meet the owner in person. He said that if im interested he’ll send the key and a signed permit from a company called TNT (which is like a fedex in london) and let me see the apartment. The problem comes here…. we’ve been contacting each other thru email… and the times he sends the emails appears in US time. Lets say right now in london is 3pm and here is 10am… the emails ill get are from 10am in the morning… im not familiar with how that works on the email system but my common sense tells me that if you send an email in a country that is 3pm you should get an email saying the time is 3pm when here is 10am….

thank you

Administrator answers:

100% scam.

There is no apartment or house for rent.

There is only a scammer trying to steal your hard-earned money with stolen pictures of someone else’s dwelling and a fake story of being out of town/state/country doing charitable works.

The next email will be from another of the scammer’s fake names and free email addresses and will demand you pay for rent and deposit, in cash, and only by Western Union or moneygram.

The scammer might suggest you “send” money to a friend or to yourself and then send a scan of the receipt to the scammer as proof you have the funds. The scammer will simply that take scanned receipt or just the MTCN# (money transfer control number) into Western Union or moneygram store and pick up the cash you thought you were sending to a friend or yourself.

Western Union and moneygram do not verify anything on the form the sender fills out, not the name, not the street address, not the country, not even the gender of the receiver, it all means absolutely nothing. The clerk will not bother to check ID and will simply hand off your cash to whomever walks in the door with the MTCN# and question/answer. Neither company will tell the sender who picked up the cash, at what store location or even in what country your money walked out the door. Neither company has any kind of refund policy, money sent is money gone forever.

Now that you have responded to a scammer, you are on his ‘potential sucker’ list, he will try again to separate you from your cash. He will send you more emails from his other free email addresses using another of his fake names with all kinds of stories of great places to rent, lottery winnings, millions in the bank and desperate, lonely, sexy singles. He will sell your email address to all his scamming buddies who will also send you dozens of fake emails all with the exact same goal, you sending them your cash via Western Union or moneygram.

You could post up the email address and the emails themselves that the scammer is using, it will help make your post more googlable for other suspicious potential victims to find when looking for information.

Do you know how to check the header of a received email? If not, you could google for information. Being able to read the header to determine the geographic location an email originated from will help you weed out the most obvious scams and scammers. Then delete and block that scammer. Don’t bother to tell him that you know he is a scammer, it isn’t worth your effort. He has one job in life, convincing victims to send him their hard-earned cash.

Whenever suspicious or just plain curious, google everything, website addresses, names used, companies mentioned, phone numbers given, all email addresses, even sentences from the emails as you might be unpleasantly surprised at what you find already posted online. You can also post/ask here and every scam-warner-anti-fraud-busting site you can find before taking a chance and losing money to a scammer.

If you google “fake apartment rental”, “fraud Western Union house rent scam”, “fake craigslist apartment rent scam” or something similar you will find hundreds of posts from victims and near-victims of this type of scam.

Carol asks…

How much is accomodation in London?

Does anyone know about renting a house or apartment in London, where would you recommend?
whats the scale of prices you could pay?
does anyone know any good websites for finding accomodation?
thanks luke,

Administrator answers:

Renting is expensive. Estate agents are expensive. Looking in a paper means you compete against others. There is a better simpler way that means you will get better than all of this at your own pace. It all depends on what you want, can afford and time.

Mandy asks…

Is there a company in London, UK that rents apartments to corporate travelers?

My company is sending me to London and I need to find a short-term rental company near the financial district.

Administrator answers:

House of MoLi http://houseofmoli.com is just what you’re looking for.

They have a apartments for rent in London’s poshest areas and are focused on serving the business traveler.

I stayed at their Docklands apartment in the summer and was thoroughly pleased with the service. I wouldn’t hesitate to use them again for business or pleasure.

Ruth asks…

Is there any “affordable” apartment near London City Centre or near Notting Hill area?

I’m flying there next year for a week of holiday & am quite concern of the price of the hotels there. Apartment seems to be a very good alternative as 4 of us thought of renting for a week. Pls give suggestions? Thanks in advance…

Administrator answers:

London is a very expensive city…
I have checked the Citadine Apartments site and it starts at about 170 US dollars a night for one person!
I am sure you can find a cheaper hotel or rather ‘bed and breakfast’ for around 50 US dollars a night
I also recommend the hotels Holiday Inn which are good and affordable by London Standards..
Good luck and try not to book something far from the city centre, zone 2 the furthest, otherwise it is going to be a pain to move around..

William asks…

How much does it cost to build an apartment building 10 units, Canada?

How much does it cost to build an apartment building with these specifications:

- Units number: 10 units
- Levels number: 5 levels
- Unit area: 260 feet
- Place: London, Ontario, CA or Ottawa, Ontario, CA

And what is the expected net annual profit from renting the apartments?

Please, give me approximate prices and do not tell me it’s relative!

Administrator answers:

Sorry u missing about 75-100
pieces of info for a valid answer.

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