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if you take over a tenancy from someone else, what's the situation with deposits?
I took the deposit and he put another one down. But it's only reasonable to pay for anything (or leave money) you've battered when drunk.
You make sure you have their details so that if the landlord claims something's fucked that they did you can get it back off them.
If you're really unsure get the landlord to check the room after they move out and make sure he's happy?
My place was in a state when I left (not my fault) but I got my deposit off someone who moved in in my place. When the lease was up the land lord didn't give the deposit back
document saying that we had caused no damage when we moved out midway through a tenancy and got the remaining housemates to sign it.
Had to wait for the new deposits and contract to be sorted out before we got our deposits back though, which took forever because ex-housemates and landlord were all morons.
can't be fucked to make a contractual arrangement with me because the house is to be sold in about 4 months.
But the former tennant wants his deposit back. I have told him that he either has to get paid by the landlord or persuade the landlord to sign a new contract with me...
am i right?
this is going to make my new housemates hate me since the former tenant is a mate of theirs.
I'd say he needs to go to the landlord. If he's not going to enter a contract with you you can't guarantee your deposit.
Also hasn't the law now changed so that the government holds the deposit?
landlords have to be registered with one of 3 different deposit holding schemes.
i haven't paid a deposit at all - because the landlord wouldn't sign a contract with me. i just pay the rent a month in arrears.
the rent in arrears and i have left no deposit so i don't really need a contract ... if i have to move out then i will do. it's a relatively small financial risk, particularly considering the fact that i couldn't find anywhere to live otherwise...
Sounds fucked to me. Just tell the old tenant you can't give the landlord money without a contract so this guy has a contract with the landlord that he needs to sort out.
its not really your problem - its an issue between the former tenant and the landlord. the landlord has the former tenants money - you are not really involved - especially if the former tenant won't enter a contract with you.
let them sort it out - stay out of it if you can!
i move out?