Viewing - Should I be concerned?

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    Viewing - Should I be concerned?

    I had a property viewing. The agency told me the prospective tenant is a woman. No one came. Agency was unable to contact the woman. I was about to leave, when about half an hour later, a man rang the door bell.

    He was a heavily built Bulgarian man. He was well dressed and wearing a gentleman's coat and pocket handkerchief. A bit too well dressed for the local area. He took a few photos on his phone, he said to show to family members, but he said the property might not be be for him.

    When I drove off, he was around by the corner, he was chatting to a driver through the car window. I became worried. Was this prospective tenant scouting the property for someone else?. The man who saw the property, did n't get in the car. I was not able to hang around, for too long, as had cars behind me.... So never got the registration plate.

    May be it is all innocent or may be I am getting worried about nothing?

    Should I be worried about squatting? Property is vacant. There is nothing of value in the property other then the boiler.





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    #2
    Sounds dodgy, tell your agent not to proceed.

    As for squatters breaking in, squatting in residential property is now a criminal offence.

    But I suspect this is more of an 'arranger' who would rent the place and then put 10+ foriegn nationals in there.

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      #3
      Not sure why you showed him around when you were expected a single female as the renter. There was a recent news story of a landlord who was beaten up by a prospective tenant in the flat for no apparent reason. There could have been a number of alarm bells for me..... subletting, hmo, property scam and cannabis farm are typical reasons to scout out the property. Safety should be your number one concern.

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        #4
        Agree with ash72 i would not have allowed HIM in when i was expecting a female, i too would forget about squatting and be concerned about other criminal activities should it be let to them...... i would also be speaking with the agent to check their vetting procedures.

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          #5
          Anyway if there is a broadband connection it would be worth setting up a £50 webcam in unoccupied properties.

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            #6
            Is this a dodgy agent?

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