Has anybody heard of estate agents charging £200 - £300 to check your credit rating, before they'll let you rent one of their properties? Is this just a London thing? I've rented my current flat for years, but now need to move. I can supply a good reference from my current landlord, show employer's references and bank statements, but for some properties I was interested in, I was told I'd have to pay the above amount for a check, which I've heard should cost about £10 anyway. ( I offered to pay for one myself, but the estate agents didn't want to know - had to be their credit rating agency, at their fee.) I appreciate that I can always refuse to deal with estate agents asking for this, although if time's not on your side and you find something good you are over a bit stuck. I was just curious whether this was common, and what the excuse was - something their insurers demand, or just an means to charge more money?