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    Hello all,

    I hope someone can help me.
    When I first moved to the uk on 2nd August 2007 I rented a room as a lodger.
    At the time we agreed on a rent of 325 pounds month and 100 pounds deposit and one month notice to leave. I was given a rent booklet.
    I have respected all the rules and we get along ever since I moved in but I really believe its time to move on now.

    Therefore, on the 18th November I said to my landlord I was thinking of moving in January and she was very upset, nevertheless, we agreed I would leave in the end of our agreement period the 2nd January. The next day she wrote me a letter saying she was giving me 4 weeks notice from that day on and I'd have to leave on 20th December. Also I would pay her 205 pounds and she would return the deposit of 100 pounds in full 7 days after; should all be ok in the room.
    So my question is: Is this legal? Can she put me out before the date we had already agreed? How legal is the letter she wrote to me? Can she keep hold of my deposit for 7 days?

    I would like to agree with her that when I get out she can check the room with me and give me my deposit back and I will give her the keys. This because I believe she will not give me my deposit back just because she's upset that I'm leaving.

    Please let me know what rights do I have here...I want to do things legally but I do not agree my landlord should make my life harder in the house or keep my deposit just because she's upset.

    What shall I do...

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