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Hi, thank you for the reply.
UCTA = Unfair Contract Terms Act?
If I were to hold back the last two months rent to cover my deposit and 'fine', could he then come after me at the Small Claims Court? Or is it simpler to pay in full then go the scheme to try and get my deposit back if he withholds it?
What exactly does the deposit scheme do?
Thank you. Last question...the property is the landlord's home, he lives in Switzerland at the moment. If I do need to sue him, would I have to do so in Switzerland or would it have to be at his UK address (which I am renting at the moment)?
Thanks but already signed the AST. Have been renting since Oct last year.
Hope this doesn't end badly but if it does I only have the UK address of his house (where I am renting) and an address of the agent who are the deposit holders.
When I leave in Oct of this year, I won't be living in his UK house, so can I use that address to sue? And can I add the agents as defendants as they hold the deposit?
Thanks for the info. Just checked with the agent and as the landlord has only paid the agent for 1yr in advance (not 2yrs), he believes the penalty is invalid - and as they hold the deposit this should prevent no issue.