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Tips for post-secondary students to avoid landlord scammers

Last Updated Jan 22, 2016 at 10:56 pm PDT

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VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – The Better Business Bureau is out with a warning for thousands of university students getting ready to head back to class.

For those renting a house or apartment for the first time, the BBB has some tips to avoid getting the scammed by unscrupulous landlords.

Don’t give your social insurance, credit card or drivers license information.┬áNone of that is required to rent a place in BC.

Evan Kelly with the BBB has some advice on what else to do and not do.

“Beware of using cash to secure a rental. Do not wire any money as sort of a way to secure your property. You could see that evaporate pretty quickly as well.”

View any property you’re considering in person before you commit to anything.

And don’t be afraid to ask neighbours about the property’s history and landlord.