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Landlord gave my deposit to agency

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 i have a 6 month shorthold tenancy with a private landlord and it’s been 3 months and he hasn’t put my deposit in a scheme. (i knkw this is the time limit and because he hasn’t i can claim 3 x the deposit amount plus refuse to leave when tenancy ends in march he would have to take me to court evict me.

now he is asking me for my agreement to give to a letting agency and he has told me he has given them my deposit 

firstly i will not give this only a photocopy because he could change it and i won’t have a leg to stand on. plus i want to know where i stand i don’t want the letting agency to demand referrencing fees, increase my rent, say i can’t renew agreement etc 

he already is dodgy because the flat has damp issues, building issues electricity issues, no fire excape

any advice welcome thanks

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The time limit is 30 days, not 3 months. 

The letting agent has just the same, if not less rights. They are an employee of the landlord and essentially do their job for them. The job remains the same, all rights and responsibilities you have are the same. 

Sometimes, the agent will perform better than the landlord – they are getting paid for it. 

However, you really need to stay with a firm stance – show them you know your rights and you’re not about to let some agent walk over them. 

Make sure to put pressure on your landlord about the deposit and use it as a leverage to get some repairs done. Else, you may still pursue compensation. 

If you do, download our guide and use the steps: http://www.thetenantsvoice.co.uk/letter-templates/request-tenancy-deposit-protection

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