Future Tipperary third level students seeking accommodation are being warned by the Union of Students in Ireland to be on the look-out for scammers and to be vigilant when searching for all future rented lodgings.
The Union of Students confirm that fraudsters have been using bogus adverts in the marketing of properties, while seeking payment on-line for accommodation which either does not exist or is not truly available to rent.
Mr Greg O’Donoghue, latter Vice President of Welfare for USI, is advising students to do their research fully and to ring landlords in advance seeking to view all accommodation being offered for rent.
As the jostle to obtain suitable accommodation is currently in full swing, a small number of students to date have been duped into handing over deposits for apartments that do not in fact exist, e.g. an apartment for rent on Dublin’s Fade Street for €500 per month, including utilities.
Students encountering such experiences are being advised to immediately contact the Gardaí.
The Union of Students are also appealing to families in urban areas to consider renting out their spare rooms in an effort to alleviate the severe current shortage of suitable student accommodation.