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    Advice/opinion on unresponsive landlord

    Hello,

    I moved out of a student flat on the 09/06/2020 (the tenancy was ending on the 16/06/2020 but I decided to move out a week early due to the whole COVID situation, and the landlord agreed for me to do so). On the final day, the landlord came to check the condition of the property and was very pleased and surprised with how clean and well-kept it was (she said that it looked like a new flat and said that if I ever needed strong referencing I was free to contact her). Before we parted ways, she said that she had three weeks to give me my deposit back (which made sense to me, as in the contract it says that she has two weeks to give back the deposit after the tenancy ends).

    On the 17/07/2020, I tried to contact her by message and a phone call (as I haven’t got nor heard anything about the deposit from her) but she failed to respond. On the 28/07/2020, I received a text message from her which said that she was sorry about the delayed answer and that her life has been turned upside down since her husband was diagnosed with cancer. They have been attending hospital appointments ever since and they won’t even be able to join their daughter on holiday. She also asked for my bank details (sort code and account number) and said to bear with her and she will return the deposit as fast and she can.

    Two weeks later, I still haven’t got nor heard anything about the said deposit so I decided to message her again, asking what’s the progress but I still haven’t heard anything back from her (as of 25/08/2020).

    The letting agreement contract also states that my deposit should be protected by MyDeposits, but when I called them they said that a deposit for such address and name doesn’t exist (I also checked the other deposit schemes) and that I should try contacting my landlord. I also tried contacting the letting agency which I used to secure the flat with but they said that they cannot do anything nor help me because as soon as I paid the deposit to them, they transferred it to my landlord.

    What are my current options with this? What would you do if you were me? I'm thinking about sending her a letter/e-mail stating that she has two weeks to pay my deposit back or I will be taking her to a small claims court. Is this a good idea? and if so, is there any template (or something) which I can use to write such thing?

    Many thanks in advance.

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    Originally posted by bovskiii View Post
    What are my current options with this? What would you do if you were me? I'm thinking about sending her a letter/e-mail stating that she has two weeks to pay my deposit back or I will be taking her to a small claims court. Is this a good idea? and if so, is there any template (or something) which I can use to write such thing?
    Start by having a look at the link below, it has template letters.

    https://england.shelter.org.uk/housi...y_deposit_back

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