Don't know if any of you saw the thread I posted a few weeks back about this cottage that we'd put a deposit on- we found the listing through gumtree, was a private agent just setting up on his own, gave him £550 deposit and £200 admin in cash. He didn't send the contracts as promised and was difficult to get hold of but we had sporradic contact and set today as a moving in date...
After frantically trying to get hold of him yesterday to confirm we could move in today he TEXTS me at 10am this morning to tell me that the landlord has suffered a bereavement and needs the cottage, sorry for the inconvenience, he has other properties on his books blah blah.....
He isn't answering his phone, and hasn't offered us a refund. My dad is a landlord/tenant solicitor and i've threatened him with legal action as well as reporting him to the police if he doesn't return our cash but no reply yet..... I don't know if he's a con artist through and through, but he has had other listings on gumtree with the same mobile number.
I'm so upset. £750 we are going to have to fight to get back, not to mention how excited my OH and I were about getting our first place together. We feel like such mugs, naieve and too trusting :(
Just had to have a bit of a rant, it's been a really naff day!!!
My dad got back from his hols today and rang the agent ... basically because the deposit isn't protected we are entitled to sue for three times the amount which is what my dad threatened him with- except we'd sue the landlord as that is who to the deposit went to.... the agent seems VERY keen for us not to contact the l/l so i just think he knows nothing about any of this... it does seem like we're going to get the money back one way or another so i feel a bit happier but the whole thing sure has taken the fun out of moving in with my boyfriend! Anyway it was good fun hearing my dad sort him out.... ' I hope you know who you're DEALING with mr finnigan' he was going.... the agent certainly didn't talk to my dad in the rude way he did with me yesterday,lol. Thanks again for everyone's advice- will let you know if/when we get the money back xxx