Hi, thanks will do.
I was told the deposit will be returned to me when the room has been checked at the end on the notice.
It wasn't ever really discussed, I was informed that it was 1 month notice. There doesn't seem to be any flexibility and now I have received a text message with, what I can only describe as a veiled threat within.
No. It was said very matter of fact so I left took it as no flexibility.
I may not be understanding precisely what you mean...are you referring to after moving out or when originally moving in?
Do I have to stand by the verbal agreement and therefore pay her the £260?
I have spoken to colleagues about it who have had friends of family go through similar but didn't want to just take their word on the situation. They have said that as a lodger I have little to no rights and in turn she has no rights to me, or my money. I have left the property in perfect condition and a month before required, enabling her to show others round if she so wishes.
What I have been advised to do is to refuse to pay the £260 and also demand the £180 deposit back, as she shouldn't have requested it in the first place if I am a guest.
I personally don't want to go as extreme as that, I would be happy for her to keep my deposit and call it quits. This would be leaving her £80 short of her expected income.
If this isn't agreed with I would offer to pay the difference between the deposit and the charge so that I know I will be getting my deposit back.
All in all, I can't afford to pay her the £260 and run the risk of not getting my deposit back.
Hopefully this helps
Is this even so when she hasn't declared the income to the inland revenue?