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Have you been offered anything from any agencies so far?
Ok so when you look at making an arrangement with an agency they will have a contract for you which will cover all the aspects you need. This is not something you will have to put together as they will already have it. I would look through in detail to ensure that they are responsible for everything you want them to be responsible for i.e. collecting rent, doing annual checks etc. You will also want to pay attention to the "break clause" in the contract. This sets out how you can terminate the contract and what timelines are involved in this. However, these are usually fairly standard but always worth looking at in detail just to be sure. If there are any clauses that you don't agree with etc. then you can offer to reword these. If you are uncertain then you could have this reviewed by a solicitor or a better option may to be to come back here and have one of the experts review this for you.
So you have done the right thing by contacting the bank. You will also have to contact the police and get a fraud incident number from them and pass this onto the bank also. What will happen is there will be an investigation from the bank and the police and if it is found to be fraud then the bank may refund the money back to you. If the police are able to trace the scammers then they will be charged and also you can take legal action against them to recover the money if the bank do not refund it. Unfortunately there is no "quick fix" for this and you will have to allow the bank and police time to do their investigations.
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