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  1. Here is my quandry: I have my deposit held by DPS. I ended my tenancy and was asked to give up almost half my deposit (£790 - £382) As the house had dated decor and old fixtures (noted in the inventory) I argued the fact that I had left the property in as best condition as possible. In fact, I spent a great deal of my time cleaning a house that was falling to bits. I made a counter offer via the DPS site, which was rejected. In the meantime the house was sold without any of the work (noted in an email from my letting agent) pertaining to the withheld portion of the deposit being done. I know this because: - I moved two doors down so I have a very good idea about who comes and goes - I can see the house from the outside to the front and rear and - The photos of the house put on the selling agent's website did not include any new work, besides a very dodgy wallpapering over of a severely damp-affected wall. Thinking that the sale of the house may change the situation, I waited 3 weeks for my landlord to return from holidays to hear what her new instructions would be. Today, I received an email from the letting agency that reads as follows: I have been in discussions with your landlord with regards to a deduction and they have advised they will accept a £250 deduction to now get the matter settled. If this cannot be agreed and the matter is referred to the DPS for adjudication they will be making a claim for the full amount and not that of £250. So...the landlord has sold the property without getting any of the work done and made an arbitrary claim for £250 with the implied threat that I should take it or suffer the consequences. What to do? Thoughts?
  2. I am a Landlord (L) and have a problem with my Agent (A). I rented my property under AST in Dec 2009. The tenant (T) paid the deposit directly to the Agent who said he would register it under the "government deposit scheme" and advise us (both L & T) of its details. It is now over 1 year and A has failed to disclose any details and has been giving both of us (L & T) the run around. I have formally instructed the Agent to release the deposit to the tenant stating clearly that I no longer require a deposit from the tenant. However, he has to-date failed to respond. What is the best course of action? Should I advise the tenant to pursue the Agent himself to recover his deposit money as he paid it directly to the Agent? I would be most grateful for any advice.
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