In his words (as I kept the email) They defaulted without any notice or warning on the rental payment due on 11 May and then again on the rental payment due on 11 June; some of such outstanding rent was then paid late but they have vacated the premises and moved to Bristol before the end of the tenancy term without paying the full amount due.
This was not true, the agency I paid the rent to were fully kept informed of when we were paying and had contact with him as well and at the point we moved to Bristol, we had a payment due to him of £3000 and the agency held £4500. That £3000 payment was actually made well before the final date of the tenancy as well and did not have to be deducted from the deposit.
Yes, but the other point I forgot to say is that he wasnt the actual named landlord either, his wife was. Therefore he entered the house with keys and wasnt the named landlord and from his email address, he divulged personal information whilst not being the named landlord.
Although I was in default technically, at the point he sent the email out I only owed £1000 with £4500 on deposit, so I feel this was rather a spurious claim and we had already moved out, this was just the remainder due from the point we moved out till the final date of the tenancy.(2 weeks on) The agents themselves felt it was making rather a big deal out of this and implied we had just done a runner, which wasnt the case.
I didnt want to put good money after bad, personally I feel it was well over the top having paid so much money, as did the agency who collected the rent. The house was left immaculate and I gave them exact dates I would pay on, which I did. there was no reason to enter, thats what annoyed me and he gave no notice.this was a property at the high end in oxford and i havent experienced anything like this before, you live and learn
thanks for your help.