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When you say 'him' you mean the Landlord please?
Yes (him) David the Landlord
So he asked you to leave now is refusing to give the deposit back?
No , he didn't ask us to leave, but because of the bedbugs and other circumstances including the problems I previously mentioned, myself and Claire wanted to leave asap. We found two girls to replace us. It states in Claire's contract that if we found someone to take our place, we could leave, and we had a verbal agreement with the Landlord about this subject also.
Ok - in that case if you found replacements you should get the deposit back
You need to write and set out your losses and request a refund within 14 days or say you will go to Court within 14 days. You should make sure you send this recorded delivery and keep a copy.
If they do not refund you then you can issue proceedings in the County Court. You can either do this online at: www.moneyclaim.gov.uk or by completing form N1 http://hmctsformfinder.justice.gov.uk/courtfinder/forms/n001-eng.pdf and take it to your local County Court.
The Court will then issue a claim which a copy will be sent to the Defendant who will have a limited time to defend it, if not you can enter Judgment and enforce.
If the matter is defended it will be set down for a trial. If the claim is for £10,000 or less it will be a small claim and you will not need representation.
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Thank you for your advise, I just have one more question for you: If we do not give the deposit back to the replacement tenants, can we be in trouble legally or is it the Landlord that has to now find a replacement and give the deposit back to them ?
No, the Landlord should as it should be transferred.
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