Gardai warn of losses of almost €300,000 in accommodation scams

An estate agent has described the rental market as ‘completely broken’.

Gardaí have said over €290,000 has been scammed so far this year as a result of ‘accommodation fraud’.

It’s when a fake ad for a home to rent is advertised, leading to vulnerable renters to pay a deposit to secure the house.

Ben Thompson from Churches Estate Agents in Dublin says it doesn’t surprise him that students would fall for one of these scams.

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