Hi all, I’m new here and wondered if anyone may have some advice.
I have lived in a rented property for nearly 5 years now.
The property was managed by an estate agents originally but they pulled out of managing the property in March this year as they had had no contact from the landlady in over a year! When they pulled out, I wrote to the landlady and had no reply. The council wrote to her and had no reply (regarding housing benefit payments). Agents told me that when they tried to see the landlady at her place of work, she ran out the back way!! The agents also confided in me that in the whole time I have lived here, the landlady hasn’t cashed any of the rent cheques that they sent her!!
I was in receipt of some housing benefit and I paid top up.
Since agents pulled out of managing, I haven’t paid any rent and housing benefit was cancelled (as they had no response of who and where to make payments to).
My question is…. all the rent I have paid minus the agents management fees of course, is still sitting in the agents bank account! As I am moving out shortly (and I know a lot of people have said to me why move out if you’re living rent free? House is in a state of disrepair and I have council letter to confirm that) I was wondering, is it right that the agents keep all the rent I have paid when they are no longer the agents and when the landlady hasn’t collected it, in all the time I’ve been here?
I would appreciate any thoughts, comments or professional opinions on this.