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    Hope somebody can help. Basically I moved into a flat 6 years ago, paid one months deposit. Signed a tenancy agreement. Issue is is that the agreement has the name and address of the landlord but the person I paid the deposit to was his friend. I paid in cash and didn't get a receipt. Stupid I know. I have been paying rent monthly into his friends bank account and whenever I have any issues I take it up with his friend. But I've never even met the landlord. Anyway now it comes form me leaving his friend is not giving my deposit back, saying damage to property. But I have a feeling that this guy was renting the place before me, then rent it out to me without telling the landlord. My deposit was not put in any scheme. Is there anything I can do? Thanks for replies.

    Can you answer the questions in the sticky at the top of the forum:


      What can you do?? Well, if you think he's on the fiddle find a way of suggesting you'd prefer not to have to tell HMRC about all that rental income he's been getting so he'd have to pay tax on it & informing his landlord etc etc.. and would he like to refund your deposit.

      If & when you've got deposit back inform HMRC & his landlord: We don't want tax cheats in our country any more than we want benefit cheats.

      Is the flat perhaps a council or housing association flat??

      Was the council tax bill in your name or his??

      Do you know the address of this "friend"??

      Favela eh? My mum was born in Brazil (1911..) - so I qualify to play in the Brazilian football team....
      I am legally unqualified: If you need to rely on advice check it with a suitable authority - eg a solicitor specialising in landlord/tenant law...


        Contact the landlord at the address you have on the tenancy agreement.
        Explain that the friend who has been acting as his agent didn't protect the deposit (there's a good form letter on the shelter website).

        You have every reason to believe that the friend is the agent of the landlord, and this is helpful to your situation.
        If the landlord believes that the friend is actually his tenant, he hasn't bothered to visit and check up for six years, which is a bit odd.
        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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