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About gerasmus

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  1. raydetinu, I certianly have been checking LLZ as well ! Do I have a case to sue this LL's ass ?? The landlord is making all sorts of rubbish claims. Here is quoted email from the LL, and my reply. The LL wrote me the following : "You are more than welcome to take legal action as I have also looked into how I can reclaim the costs that are going to be forced onto me. As you were the last tenant it should have been in your interest to get me to carry out all work necessary. Just because the estate agent said it was ok that holds no weight. When I went over to the flat last week
  2. The LL is claiming all sorts of bobus damages. A few days ago I called the landlord and recorded the call (using the free PrettyMay recorder for Skype) without his knowledge. In the call the LL admitted that he was aware of the prior faults, and he admitted that we did make him aware of the faults we know of. He also admitted to having repaired what he now claims to be faulty. With regards to the interpretation of the Housing Act 2004, my understanding is: - Money should've been put in a desposit scheme. - Deposit scheme should return deposit withing 14 days, or part of it bearing in
  3. I have writtent a letter to my ex LL to return the deposit by a set date. In case he complies, which I doubt, would I still be able to sue (as a fine) for not complying with a deposit scheme + charge interest ? I've read the Housing Act 2004 sections 213, 214 and 215 and my ex LL hasn't done any of what the law requires.
  4. One more thing... The landlord never signed the inventory. To my knowledge, LL was never present (before or after the tenancy) to inspect. As mentioned before, the flat was handed over from the previous tenants who signed the inventory over to us. We never saw the landloord and there was no estate agent involved during our tenancy. The landlord is now claiming to withhold the deposit on the grounds of supposed damaged property claimed by his new tenant, which LL is trying to blame us for. LL just sent me a letter from his new tenant (rented through an estate agency) with the new tena
  5. I rented privately, there was no agency involved. How it worked: - Previous tenants agreed with landlord to find, select and sort potential tenants. - Previous tenatnts acted as 'agents' until we moved in. They then disappeared from the picture. - We viewed the flat, made an offer for the flat via the previous tenants. - We submitted all our proof of income, reference letters to the LL via previous tenants. - Deposit (without deposit scheme) and monthky rent was paid into LL's account. - We moved in, went trough inventory with previous tenants, they handed us the keys and the
  6. Thanks for the helpfull answers. I did search 'net before I posted. My internet connection is very very slow which makes finding answers cumbersome. I'm far out in a middle of nowhere town in S-Africa where internet is something people heard about ! The landlord just emailed me, confirmed he was not part of Deposit Scheme " as we did not rent through an agency". The landlord seem to want to withhold deposit on grounds that his ancient sofa was 'damaged' (amongst others). Please note that the landlord NEVER inspected the flat or the one and only piece of furniture present. No damage w
  7. Occupation from 20/08/2008 - 07/09/2009. We paid 1 months rent + depost in advance. We paid rent monthly in advance and was never in arrears. All rents paid in advance. I have my bank statements + and all evidence pointing to full payments. Outstanding amount is £2250. Dunno if the following would make a difference.... We vacated the flat and moved to South Africa semi-permanently, keeping our mobile numbers and bank accounts and we are both British citizens. .
  8. Yes. There was no one present when we vacated. The landlord first visited the flat more than a month after we left and is making first claims more than a month after we left. The landlord did not respond to requests to inspect the property prior to vacating and neither did he respond to emails until a month after we vacated. GBP900 per month. *EDITED ADDRESS*. No. I was not aware of existence of an deposit scheme until after we moved in. The contract stated that rent wil be kept in a non-interest bearing account. Thanks.
  9. My blood is boiling. We vacated a flat in SE23 3AP more than a month ago, despite several requests by the landord (emails, SMS) he has failed to respond and neither has he returned our deposit of GBP2250. Suddenly, more than a month after we vacated he's responded and not returning my money. What is the maximum time a landlord can withhold deposit, and if he withholds for longer, what are my rights ? Can I use the Small Claims online to reclaim my deposit ? - We vacated on 07/09/2009. - The landlord first inspected the property on apparently 10/10/2009. - The landlord fai
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