The Bath Student Rip-off

Some students in Bath will pay up to £150 more than others in letting agent fees this year.

Figures compiled by Oldfield Liberal Democrats show that many letting agents charge exorbitant fees to process applications by students to live in shared accommodation in the City.

Cllr Will Sandry said: “The student house hunt for Autumn 2013 starts this week and, I urge students to check out the non-refundable fees charged by the different letting agents in the city. You could end up paying £150 more than you need to.

To my mind these administration fees are hard to justify as most Agents charge the landlords for processing student applications too.

Sharing a home for the first time should be fun and exciting, but to avoid the common pitfalls, be sure to check out the information on house sharing produced by the Student Community Partnership.”

Related Story: Cllr Will Sandry calls for a national regulation scheme for Letting Agents.

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