Hi all, first post here. Theres a bit more to this than just the title, so please bare with.
I moved due to my job in the summer of last year for 6 months to a temp location. So i found a room to rent online, went to view it and the lady told me it was her house she shared with her daughter, the rent was £600 PCM and the deposit was £600. So I got the contract, paid the deposit. The deposit stipulated that she “The Landlord” owned the property etc. I was the designated “Tenant” IAW the contract.
She kept dodging me about giving me a receipt for my deposit however provided receipts for all my rental payments. I later found out the she was not the owner of the property and was subletting to me without informing me, and that she had not put my deposit in a DPS (although now i’m not sure of my rights because she was subletting and i didnt know).
When I moved out, she told me she would return my deposit “at some point”, however when I pointed out the contract stated it should be within 5 days of contract end (giving until 5th March) she still responded with “Not sure, at some point”. So I gave her the 5 days and made contact again. She asked for another week, so i agreed so to avoid any conflict. After the week had past she started ignoring my calls and messages, and keeps fobbing me off with “ill call you tomorrow” etc when I do actually get a response. I have multiple WhatsApp messages and voice recordings of her acknowledging I paid the desposit (which all tie in to the bank transfer I made referenced “Deposit”.
The whole time living there was an absolute shambles and I know I should have witheld the final months rent as I had inklings this would happen, but I didn’t want to breach the contract in the case of it going to court.
Could someone please advise on my options as i’m down £600 and could really do with having it back.