Can I take my landlord to small claims court for keeping my holding deposit and keys deposit without informing me? | Lawhive - Solicitors & Lawyers Online
Can I take my landlord to small claims court for keeping my holding deposit and keys deposit without informing me?
So a few months ago now I was in need of housing very quickly, and I ended up paying a holding deposit and £50 for the keys to this landlord. When I asked him to send over the tenancy agreement, he refused and said I would sign it on move in day. This put me off the whole thing and so I didn't contact him again. He didn't try to contact me to ask when I would be arriving until about two weeks later! I didn't reply, he then sent annoyed message saying the rent was late and so he assumed I did not want to rent the room. He never mentioned the holding deposit or the keys deposit, but he has kept both. I read that he should inform me in two weeks of an agreement that he is keeping the holding deposit, otherwise he must return it. Also the keys deposit is surely illegally being kept. Am I able to take him to small claims on these grounds? Edit: England

Matthew Dong

19th October 2021

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