Here is a question to the blog clinic from Jeremy on behalf of a tenant.
A friend, a student from India whom we keep an eye on has just moved to London to start an MA and has moved into a flat, sharing with one other.
She has been told that the system in London is that she pays the deposit to the outgoing tenant. The flat is part furnished, there is a stricture that all furniture brought in has to be removed, and it hasn’t and if that is the case it will be removed at tenant’s expense. there is no inventory at the time of change over some items are broken. She is concerned that she may never get her deposit back…..
Has yet to sign the rather scrappy looking contract…should she or should she in fact walk?
My feeling is that she should walk. If she can find another property.
If she pays the deposit to another tenant, that means that the landlord is not responsible for it (as it has not been paid to him) and so it will almost certainly not be properly protected in a tenancy deposit scheme under her name.
So her only chance of getting back the deposit is to get it paid by another tenant when she moves out.
It does not sound good to me.
What do readers think? Have you experienced this sitaution? What happened?