Anybody help please?
Renting house for 3+ years now. Managing agent changed a few months before 12 month AST expired. New agent then sent through new AST for signing that showed NIL deposit. I asked why. They said because previous agent hadn't passed them my deposit. I said I am not signing. They said OK and that they would chase previous agent for deposit - that took weeks. Eventually got an email saying deposit now received and that they would register with their deposit scheme (a different one). So far so good. Anyhow, 30 days nearly up and not heard anything PLUS just a few days ago got another letter this time direct from landlord saying that they have changed agents again - this will be my 3rd.
1. Can I make a claim against the landlord/ agent number 2 for not protecting my deposit within 30 days? If so, how and what is the likely recompense?
2. Does the change to new agent number 3 mean that the 30 days is somehow 'reset' and it starts again?
3. Any other advice?
4. Any recommended lawyer for 1 above should that be the course of action suggested?
5. We are on a rolling agreement now - forget the name - where we give them 1 month and they give us 2 months notice because no agreement signed. I understand that failure to protect deposit can mean that landlord is unable to serve notice in certain circumstances to get you out - what are they and how would this affect it?