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    Paid deposit & first months rent but landlord is ignoring me and I dont have the keys

    I need help!

    As the title says, I paid the deposit, first months rent and signed a tenancy agreement but the landlord is now ignoring me, I have emailed (no response) called and visited the agency (told he is not in the office or in a meeting and they will get him to call me later, of course this didn't happen.) to try to get the keys and be able to move in. This has been going on for nearly 2 weeks now and he has over a grand and I have nothing to show for it. The move in date was supposed to be on the 23rd January.

    What should I do, is there anything I can do?

    Thanks in advance.

    P.S. The estate agents claim that they cannnot do anything and I should contact the landlord. (which I have been trying to do.)

    #2
    What do the agency say about the delay and the reason for it?
    Is the landlord the agent?

    Have you been to the property and is it empty?

    In theory you can use a locksmith to access the property and take possession, but that isn't without risk.
    You can demand compensation from the landlord for any (reasonable) costs you incur as a result of the breach of contract.
    When I post, I am expressing an opinion - feel free to disagree, I have been wrong before.
    Please don't act on my suggestions without checking with a grown-up (ideally some kind of expert).

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      #3
      Originally posted by jpkeates View Post
      What do the agency say about the delay and the reason for it?
      Is the landlord the agent?

      Have you been to the property and is it empty?

      In theory you can use a locksmith to access the property and take possession, but that isn't without risk.
      You can demand compensation from the landlord for any (reasonable) costs you incur as a result of the breach of contract.
      I walked past the property last night and it was dark inside so I dont think anyone is in there but I can only see the front of it.

      When ever I call/visit the agency they claim ignorance and tell me I have to deal with the landlord directly. I am unsure if the landlord is the agent.
      When I first enquired about the flat, I called the agency and booked a viewing. I met the landlord, he showed me around and he is the one I was in contact with up until I paid the money.

      I think I may go down the comepnsation route, not sure I even want this kind of person as a landlord.

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        #4
        Does the 'landlord' own the property?
        Check here, costs £3;

        https://www.gov.uk/search-property-i...-land-registry

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          #5
          Originally posted by boletus View Post
          Does the 'landlord' own the property?
          Check here, costs £3;

          https://www.gov.uk/search-property-i...-land-registry
          The address I am supposed to be moving into doesn't show up.
          It is a flat above a shop. The shop address is 85 and the flat number is 85a. Only the shop address is coming up

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            #6
            Does the landlord own the shop?
            When I post, I am expressing an opinion - feel free to disagree, I have been wrong before.
            Please don't act on my suggestions without checking with a grown-up (ideally some kind of expert).

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              #7
              Originally posted by jpkeates View Post
              Does the landlord own the shop?
              He does not.

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                #8
                I have the feeling you should talk to the agent about calling the police.
                I don't really see how they're actually involved in this - normally a landlord would use an agent to avoid dealing directly with their tenants.
                When I post, I am expressing an opinion - feel free to disagree, I have been wrong before.
                Please don't act on my suggestions without checking with a grown-up (ideally some kind of expert).

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                  #9
                  Originally posted by jpkeates View Post
                  I have the feeling you should talk to the agent about calling the police.
                  I don't really see how they're actually involved in this - normally a landlord would use an agent to avoid dealing directly with their tenants.
                  Yes, I found this odd too but I have never rented before so I didn't know if it was the norm.

                  What should I say to the agency?

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                    #10
                    That if they don't produce the landlord and the keys, you're involving the police because you think the landlord has defrauded you with their assistance.
                    When I post, I am expressing an opinion - feel free to disagree, I have been wrong before.
                    Please don't act on my suggestions without checking with a grown-up (ideally some kind of expert).

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                      #11
                      I'd make enquiries at the shop too.

                      How was the rent and deposit paid and who to?

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                        #12
                        Originally posted by jpkeates View Post
                        That if they don't produce the landlord and the keys, you're involving the police because you think the landlord has defrauded you with their assistance.
                        Thank you, i am taking notes

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                          #13
                          Originally posted by boletus View Post
                          I'd make enquiries at the shop too.

                          How was the rent and deposit paid and who to?
                          I paid by bank transfer to the estate agent.

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                            #14
                            In which case, they can return it.
                            When I post, I am expressing an opinion - feel free to disagree, I have been wrong before.
                            Please don't act on my suggestions without checking with a grown-up (ideally some kind of expert).

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                              #15
                              Has your deposit been paid into one of the schemes? You should have received paperwork such as Terms and Conditions and Prescribed Information.

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