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I hope you're well. and I am currently renting in the

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Hi,I hope you're well.My name is***** and I am currently renting in the Borough of Hackney.Our landlord recently changed our real estate agent from Hoxton House ( to Sky-House ( We were sent a letter stating that this would not affect the current contract.One of my housemates recently moved out with the end of his lease and was told that he would not be getting his deposit back as Hoxton House went into liquidation. On further investigation it appears that the owner and employees of Hoxton House are the same as Sky-House. I'm suspicious they voluntarily liquidated the previous company as a way of getting out of paying the deposits back to tenants. Not sure if this is legal or not?My lease isn't up until January next year, but given my housemate's situation, I called them to find out if my deposit is protected by a DPS scheme. I asked them to email me the details which they initially declined to do under legal advisement. I refused to accept this and they sent an email yesterday which said that there are are 2 flexible contract options; one where the deposit is used to pay the last month's rent and the second a DPS scheme which is Government regulated and requires a set of conditions to be eligible for.I called Shelter House to confirm my rights and based on the conditions of my stay, my tenancy falls under a Shorthold Agreement. I was advised that by law my deposit should have been put into Government approved DPS scheme and 30 days after signing I should have received a DPS Certificate. On top of this I should have been provided an Assured Shorthold Tenancy booklet. None of this was given to me by Hoxton House.I went to Sky-House yesterday and spoke with the director who said that with the change of the real estate I need to sign a new contract. He outlined that if the lease is under 6 months you are not eligible for a DPS (again not sure if this is true?). The lease I signed with Hoxton house is for 6 months and I am very happy with the apartment and do intend on renewing it. The contract he provided does include a DPS scheme. I was wondering if it was possible for someone to review the contract to ensure that everything is above board?Cheers
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Law
Expert:  Nicola-mod replied 1 year ago.
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Expert:  Ash replied 1 year ago.

Hello Sneha my name is ***** ***** I will help you with this.
How many pages is the contract please?