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Some 12 months ago I bought a property with a sitting tenant.

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Some 12 months ago I bought a property with a sitting tenant. The tenant was a company.
The tenant gave notice and everthing was fine. However, it now transpires that the tenant orginally paid a deposit and they are now seeking this from me. The original landlord never mention this deposoit so they still hold it. They are no longer contactable.
Do I have to repay the deposit?
Submitted: 3 years ago.
Category: Property Law
Expert:  Ash replied 3 years ago.

Alex Watts :

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Alex Watts :

I assume you never signed an agreement with the tenant please?

Customer:

Correct, no agrrement signed

Customer:

hi

Alex Watts :

Hello

Customer:

I can confirm no tenancy was signed

Alex Watts :

If there is no signed contract then you are not liable.

Alex Watts :

This is because the original Landlord had the deposit not you

Alex Watts :

Once the house changed hands then the old agreement technically ended.

Customer:

OK, so just to be very clear. It was not my solictors job to establish if the previous tenant had paid any deposit?

Alex Watts :

The old Landlord should have returned the deposit

Alex Watts :

Well ideally they should have.

Alex Watts :

But in any event you are not liable.

Alex Watts :

The old Landlord is

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