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Ash, Solicitor
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Hi I have reccently moved put of a flat that I have rented

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I have reccently moved put of a flat that I have rented for 6 years. Firstly it was through an
estate agent and then the landlord cut the agent out and I was renting directy with the landlord for 3 years. We never signed a tenancy agreement and everything was arranged over email.
The rent has not been delayed by even one day in the 6 years.
I moved out on 25th November and gave him 2 months notice (on email) as agreed and also got the flat professionaly cleaned at a cost of 340GBP (invoice available).
He is holding my 2000GBP security deposit in his own account and has only returned 1500GBP, sighting reasons that are not valid. I beleive that the landlord needs to take into account 'wear and tear' over 6 years.
Also I beleive that If there is no tenancy agreement therefore, then there is no authority for the landlord to make any deductions from the tenancy deposit – no matter how dreadful the condition of the property when the tenant moves out.
Also I guess he has broken the law by keeping the deposit in his own account.
Could you please advise, ALL discussions regarding deposit, tenancy are availble on email.
Many Thanks
Submitted: 3 years ago.
Category: Property Law
Expert:  Ash replied 3 years ago.
Alex Watts : Hello my name is ***** ***** I will help you with this.
Alex Watts : 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 signed delivery and keep a copy.
Alex Watts : If they do not refund you then you can issue proceedings in the County Court. You can either do this online at: or by completing form N1 and take it to your local County Court.
Alex Watts : 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.
Alex Watts : 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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