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    Both my Landlord and his agent's are repeatedly ignoring my requests for information regarding the moving out procedure. We are due to move out in a few weeks but have not been told who we give the keys to and when the inventory and condition of the house will be inspected. Previous advice on here told me to contact the landlord/agent to find out but they will not respond. Im getting increasingly concerned about this, especially when i have just looked at the Companies House records for the letting agents and found out they have been making a substantial operating loss over the last 12 -24 months and the directors owe the company £50,000. Something doesn't quite seem right here.

  • #2
    Originally posted by 99sc1610 View Post
    .... the directors owe the company £50,000.
    Are you sure it's that way round?

    Between them, our two limited companies owe us, as directors, around £150K. We charge the company 5% over base for an unsecured loan - this interest which is paid to us by the company is in effect a form of our income, but although taxable, has the advantage of not being liable to Employees National Insurance - thus giving us around 10% extra than if we drew it as salary.
    On some things I am very knowledgeable, on other things I am stupid. Trouble is, sometimes I discover that the former is the latter or vice versa, and I don't know this until later - maybe even much later. Because of the number of posts I have done, I am now a Senior Member. However, read anything I write with the above in mind.

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    • #3
      Yeah im sure its that way round. The financial statements say that "At the year end the directors owed the company £43,220". I am studying company law at the moment (very briefly) but i cannot quite get around what is going on. From what i now know of one of the directors she is not exactly the most honest in the world. Have you any why the accounts are like they are?

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      • #4
        I think regardless of their affairs (which you will find are quite 'normal' in business i.e. to show a loss and to take directors loans.) your main concern is the end of tenancy procedure and not their financial situation.
        I think you just need to keep on at the agent until you get satisfactory answers.
        Ambition is Critical

        I don't profess to be a knowledge in all areas, my advice is based on life experience.

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        • #5
          Ok, but if i do keep on at them and like for the whole of this tenancy get no answers, then what am i to do then? Also, we were told at the point of signing the contract that the deposit would go straight to the landlord when we moved in, as he only had an introductory service. That was acceptable to us yet now we find out the agent has kept the deposit in their bank account the whole time. Is there anyway we make them hand the deposit to the landlord, after all the contract is with him and its him that would end up being sued.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by 99sc1610 View Post
            Ok, but if i do keep on at them and like for the whole of this tenancy get no answers, then what am i to do then? Also, we were told at the point of signing the contract that the deposit would go straight to the landlord when we moved in, as he only had an introductory service. That was acceptable to us yet now we find out the agent has kept the deposit in their bank account the whole time. Is there anyway we make them hand the deposit to the landlord, after all the contract is with him and its him that would end up being sued.
            Well I think if the Landlord has let the agent keep the money after an introduction only agreement then he's quite foolish. As you say your arrangement is with the LL and it is for him to sort out the return of the deposit. I'm sure once you move out and request a return of it the LL will soon pull his finger out and get onto the agent.
            I personally would think carefully about employing someone to do an inventory for you on the day you move out and take a whole load of pictures to back up your case should you need to do so in court.
            Ambition is Critical

            I don't profess to be a knowledge in all areas, my advice is based on life experience.

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            • #7
              If your landlord/agent continually refuses to impliment any form of moving out procedures, then ensure you have photographs showing the state of the property when you leave. Note your meter readings, liase with the utility companies and local authority to settle your final bills and on the day that you are due to move out, personally return the keys to the landlord/agent. Obtain a written receipt for these, making enquiries about the return of your deposit. If/when you realise that the deposit refund is not going to be forthcoming, write to the landlord, giving him seven days for a full refund and if he does not, apply to the small claims court. Do not attempt to take action against the agent, just the landlord. If he tries to defend the action, and he has no signed inventory taken when you took the property over, he has no leg to stand on. If he has such an inventory, you have the necessary photographs to refute any false claims he may attempt to make. Should he make any reasonable claims, he should provide the receipts to prove that he actually incurred the rectification costs concerned and don't forget that you are allowed fair wear and tear.

              P.P.
              Any information given in this post is based on my personal experience as a landlord, what I have learned from this and other boards and elsewhere. It is not to be relied on. Definitive advice is only available from a Solicitor or other appropriately qualified person.

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              • #8
                Thanks for that P.P. He does have a signed inventory, but that was signed on 12th September, we moved in on the 8th September, not sure if the delay is relevant to my case. The inventory itself is not very thorough, i.e. ("Number of Tables 1, chairs 4) Says nothing about the condition of the furniture, carpets, walls etc. Do you think that will stand up in court? Also, the front page of the tenancy contract was torn off and a new sheet stapled in its place by the landlord/agent. If i end up making a claim, would that be worth mentioning in court?

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                • #9
                  I think PP was saying much the same as I was there. You really don't have much that you can target against the agent here. Take photos and do your own inventory (or get a professional to do it, this may stand up better in court)
                  I think the most important thing to remember for yourself and anyone who is reading this is to log any communication that takes place methodically so if a court case is imminent then you have records of who you spoke to, when, and what their reply was. In my experience the logging of communication will stand up better in court as it shows the judge your character and the way you approach situations. If the LL or agent is not as methodical it will go against them and the case will tend to lean in your favour.
                  Ambition is Critical

                  I don't profess to be a knowledge in all areas, my advice is based on life experience.

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                  • #10
                    Despite what J4L says at the bottom of his post, he is IMHO, totally correct. If the inventory held by the landlord makes no reference to the condition of the property, then he cannot make any claims with regard to damage that you may have caused. Provided that the items mentioned are present and correct, you are in the clear. I would suggest that there is little merit in mentioning the agent's unprofessional attitude in removing and replacing the cover sheet of your AST unless it has some bearing on your claim or you wish to use it as an example of the agent/landlord's unprofessionalism. however, I should be very careful if you do.

                    P.P.
                    Any information given in this post is based on my personal experience as a landlord, what I have learned from this and other boards and elsewhere. It is not to be relied on. Definitive advice is only available from a Solicitor or other appropriately qualified person.

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                    • #11
                      Thats presumig the landlord withholds the deposit which he hasn't actually done yet.

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                      • #12
                        Of course, but given the changing dates on contracts and demanding that he can get access to the house etc i think its best to start building a case sooner rather than later

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by 99sc1610 View Post
                          Of course, but given the changing dates on contracts and demanding that he can get access to the house etc i think its best to start building a case sooner rather than later
                          I totally agree. I'd rather build a case now and not need to use it rather than rush ro do one if you find you do.
                          Ambition is Critical

                          I don't profess to be a knowledge in all areas, my advice is based on life experience.

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                          • #14
                            Hi Everyone

                            Have an update to my posting now. Just heard from the landlord via text and he has said that he will check the inventory and meter readings on the day we move out. He also states that the agent has the deposit, something which still concerns me given that they are very hard to get an answer out of. What do you think i should do now.....try going to the agent at the end of the tenancy or write to the landlord stating that he is liable to return the deposit as opposed to the agents. (as i mentioned before we were told the agent would pass desposit on to landlord as he has only has a tenant introduction service not full management)

                            Thanks

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                            • #15
                              I would write to the LL voicing your concerns about the agent holding the deposit. Ask the LL how long it will take the deposit to be returned to you after the tenancy because you need the money. Get him to chase the agent.

                              Be tactful; he hasn't done anything wrong yet.

                              Tell him you hold him liable later on, only if the agent does not pay you

                              If push comes to shove, he will be liable; but it may take time
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