I had a lady ring me yesterday.
“I have just seen my house advertised for let for the Olympics” she told me, “but it is without my permission and we have no intention of moving out! Its our home. What can I do?”
I suspect we will start to see this sort of thing more and more.
This lady’s situation could have been a genuine mistake (she had let the property in the past) but I suspect it is a scam. Someone hoping to make a quick buck by taking a deposit and rent upfront from an unsuspecting sports lover. Who will then find he’s been ‘had’.
My advice to the lady was to contact the company advertising the property, telling them that it is NOT available for letting and asking them to take the advert down immediately. If they failed to do so, to contact them again threatening to report them to the police.
I don’t know how interested the police actually are in this sort of thing though – whether they will take it seriously as the crime it actually is or whether they will just dismiss it as a ‘civil matter’ Perhaps any police officers reading this could let us know.
Has anyone else had any experience of this type of thing happening?