Long story short I could not pay off my closing bills in one hit and I am currently paying them off monthly by direct debit, with no intention to cancel (one of my landlords concerns), because I pay what I owe. My old landlord is the maintenance manager for a local lettings agent in Southampton. He says he used the contract they use when privtaely renting a flat to us, according to him it is standard practise for all landlords etc… to demand proof of final payment/closing balances of bills before giving deposits back.
As far as I am aware this isn’t the case and in the contract it does not state this either. I have sent him proof of direct debits and even shown bank statements proving I am paying them off, yet he is not budging, does he have the right to withold it even though I am paying the bills ofd and they are in my name with corresepondence being sent to my new address?
There is also a chance he may not be holding it within a deposit scheme. I’d appreciate everyone’s help!