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I ageed to rent out a flat and paid the deposit and one months

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I ageed to rent out a flat and paid the deposit and one months rent upfront but I didn't move in. Am I entitled to the deposit back?

Thank you for your question. My name is XXXXX XXXXX I will try to help with this.

How much notice did you give him ?
Customer: replied 3 years ago.

None really. On the day I was due to move in I told the landlord the flat wasn't suitable.


Obviously you were in breach of contract then.

If this is an assured shorthold tenancy agreement then you are liable to pay, in legal theory, up until the end of the contract.

However, the landlord is under a duty to mitigate his loss by seeking another tenant which can usually be achieved within one month.

If the landlord is able to find a replacement within a month then he should return your deposit but keep the first months' rent.

If he cannot do that then he would have a greater claim from you but he will need to prove that he has looked and cannot find a replacement which is not likely to happen,.

So, in short, probably you would get your deposit back.

Can I clarify anything for you?

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