I thought he had as I was asked to sign mine albeit on-line giving the Agents my permission to sign on my behalf. Apparently normal procedure they said. When I questionned the fact he pulled out they said he had not signed the agreement, that he only had to sign it once he took tenancy of the property.
The non-refundable deposit is being kept by the Agent ...... going forward I will ask that the Contract is signed in advance of taking tenancy. The Agent is very aware of how cross I am at allowing this chap to basically jump the queue. A lesson learnt.
I was surprised also. I have actually written to the person in question (a company director on a very substantial salary), it was polite but to the point. Hopefully he will have a prick of conscience.