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Estate Agency doesn't want to return my deposit

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  • Estate Agency doesn't want to return my deposit


    I signed an agreement 2 weeks ago in order to secure a renting property and I paid a deposit of £650 for it but in the second viewing to the house I discover by myself and also talking to the current tenants (the person from the agency was also there) that the property has serious problems such as the lighting not working properly, mice, slugs coming from the bathroom due to the extreme damp the property and the basement is in, you cant store clothes int he buit-in wardrobes as they get moulded, etc...
    The estate agency never told me about those problems so I signed that agreement with no knowledge of the real condition of the house. I feel competely tricked and uninformed and because obviously I dont want to go ahead with the renting they dont want to give me the money back claiming that I am withdrawing the application.
    But it is not me changing my mind but them not informing me and hiding information.
    Is there any legal regulation for these problem?

    Many thanks.

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    Re: Estate Agency doesn't want to return my deposit

    By paying your money over you have entered into a contract, one to rent for at least 6 months. The agent could even charge you for any rents lost if they do not acquire another tenant over the next 6 months.

    That said you could threaten them with legal action due to the non disclosure of material facts.

    Another option would be to move in and stop paying rent until the issues were fixed.

    Thank you,