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Housing Red Flags – Pay Attention!

Watch out for swindlers! They will try to persuade you to pay in advance for a room that is not theirs to rent out or doesn’t even exist. Always take the following precautions:

  • NEVER pay rent and/or the deposit in advance when you haven’t seen the room yet!
  • DO NOT pay Dutch postal companies like TNT and Post NL who supposedly will send you the key of the room after you’ve paid them. They do not provide this service!
  • NEVER use Money Gram or Western Union to pay your ‘landlord’!
  • NEVER send copies of your ID!
  • DO NOT trust the copy of the ID that was sent to you; it probably belongs to a previous victim.
  • Google the name and email address of the person you’re in contact with.
  • Be on your guard when the ‘landlord’ doesn’t live in the Netherlands.
  • Nevertheless, a victim of swindling/fraud? Report it to the police or contact Rent Support Center Groningen!

Red flags: 

Do NOT engage in a renting contract if one of the following applies:

  • Unexplained service costs
  • Not allowed to register your address with the municipality ( which is required btw)
  • You have to sign before you can see the room
  • You have to pay administrative or intermediary fees