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Hi there,

We rented a flat from July 2008 to September 2010.

We initially gave £1100 to our lettings agent which went bankrupt about a year ago. Neither our landlord nor our lettings agent had secured our deposit at the time (07/2008).

Since the first agency's bankrupcy, another agency has been in charge of us.

Now that we left the flat, the landlord doesn't look willing to give us back our money!

My question: The lettings agency that organised the flat rental in July 2008 did not secure our deposit and is now bankrupt. Is it the landlord's responsibility to give us our deposit back?

Thanks for your precious help.

ps: sorry if I posted in the wrong place :/

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I have no idea.

But.

The deposit wouldn't be returned if you smashed the place up, so if they don't give you it back, i'd smash the place up.

I know that's not constructive... and I don't condone my advice...

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I have no idea.

But.

The deposit wouldn't be returned if you smashed the place up, so if they don't give you it back, i'd smash the place up.

I know that's not constructive... and I don't condone my advice...

I personally just wouldn't pay the last months rent. If landlord pursues you, hopefully you have some proof that you paid his agent a deposit.

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I personally just wouldn't pay the last months rent. If landlord pursues you, hopefully you have some proof that you paid his agent a deposit.

Yes, that's a much better approach. Sorry, long morning :)

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My guess is that the landlord still owes you the deposit (less any damage in excess of fair wear and tear)

Agents used to hold deposits either as 'agent for landlord' or 'stakeholder'. In the first instance they had to follow the landlord's direction but in the second they acted as mediators. If they held the deposit as 'agent for the landlord' then I would have thought that their loss was his loss and he would still be obliged to return your money to you. Could still be the same in the second case but just not so clear cut.

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You have a contract with the Landlord. It was his responsibility to ensure it was protected regardless of who he put in charge of it. Do NOT withhold your last months rent - this will automatically put you in the wrong as well. Once you have moved out and he refuses to pay it back, take him to court for 3 times the deposit. Your contract is with him, not with the agents. It doesnt matter if they lost the money - it is his responsibility to get the money from the agents that you sue him for.

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