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Agents say cannot move yet as housemate not paid rent.Individual contracts

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Son has lived in shared house for 8 years,Each person has own contract.Son not renewing this year.Agents say cannot have deposit back and they cannot deal with his exit as a housemate has not paid his rent this month.Asked if he could pay it ? They all need own guarantors I am my sons.If he does not pay rent they can come to me.Surely this issue is the rental agencies  or the guarantor of the other housemate not my sons.Letting agency is Homelets Brighton.

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If your son has an individual AST, they cannot demand anything that is related to the other tenants. Their rent, deposits and damages are their own and he cannot be made accountable for them. 

I’d threaten legal action and see if they will insist on bluffing. Send a letter before action, confirming that son is moving on the pre-selected date and that he would be returning the keys on the same day and will expect his deposit in 10 days after the date, or he will invoke the ADR service by the scheme where the deposit is protected. 

At the same time, make sure you have a copy of the tenancy agreement, a copy of every inventory and ABSOLUTELY MAKE SURE that son is leaving with no damage, no arrears and no cleaning issues in the room. Do your own final inventory to use in case, agents try to falsify charges. 

If they don’t budge, summon the ADR by the scheme where the deposit is protected.

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