Hi, first of all, I need to say that I’ve been very foolish over this, but hope that someone can still be of help. When I moved in to my current place 6 months ago, I paid a deposit, but not to the landlord, to the person whose room I was taking. When I met the other housemates before moving in, it was them who told me that’s how things worked, so I thought nothing of it. I paid using a bank transfer, but didn’t get a receipt. However, I can easily get some kind of letter from the guy, as I can get in touch with him.
But then, it got to a point where there was a complete turnaround in the house, and none of the 4 housemates knew anything about where the deposit was actually kept. We don’t have a written tenancy at the moment, as he brought one for us to sign, but we noticed some details on it were wrong, so he took it away to amend it, and nothing has happened since, despite me asking about it. He always gives some excuse.
However, we do have a copy of the contract the old tenants had, and it mentions the deposit being held with mydeposits. So I emailed them, but they responded to say that, according to their records, they don’t have our deposit secured with them. They have advised me to write to my landlord for confirmation, which is going to be my next step (recorded delivery letter, so I know he gets it). But before I send it, I wanted to check that he’s still responsible for having out deposit secured, even though we’ve been giving it to people as we move in? I was under the impression that he had the money secured, but he just got us to give each other the money for ease of moving.
Again, I know have been extremely naive and stupid over this, but any help would be very gratefully received.