One of the hard things about living in the UK and being an immigrant is paying rent 6 months upfront (of course, unless you have a guarantor... which is usually parents who are not in the UK).
My friend told me that he took a guarantor loan to solve it, sounds reasonable, 1 month rent as a fee in exchange of not having to pay £3000-5000 upfront.
But personally, based on the web sites, it feels a bit shady, don't know why. I guess I am just really careful with legal things involving loaning money.
So my question is, are those services fine to use after finding some reasonable company and talking to one or two of their customers and asking a lawyer to check the contract for some not straightforward clauses, etc?