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Written by rosalind renshaw

If the furniture is not in exactly the same place as when the tenant moved in, one agent charges £30 to put it back.

Financial website This is Money alleges that tenants in London are being ‘stung’ by letting agents.

It says they are being charged up to £420 (by Foxtons) for setting up an agreement, while Savills refused to disclose what it charged, saying that it was not their policy to discuss fees over the phone.

The website mystery-shopped nine London agents: Winkworth, Foxtons, Strutt & Parker, Hamptons, Black Katz, Knight Frank, haart, Kinleigh Folkard & Hayward, and Savills.

Haart, apparently, told the mystery shopper who was inquiring about fees ‘not to worry’ as they would work something out.

The agent that charges £30 to put the furniture back to its original position was not named.

This is Money, part of the Daily Mail group, says that London ‘rental stings’ are spreading outside the capital. Certainly, the story has attracted some interesting comments.

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