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    Hi guys,

    Now this is a serious question. I'm currently looking for work in London and need to find accomodation there.

    I have found a great room in a flat-share with masters students/phd students and they all seem trustworty.
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    there is a 800-900 pound security deposit that this girl who is leaving is asking me for. I am taking her room. She says there is paperwork ect, but normally a deposit is protected in a deposit protection scheme. Is there anything that caters for this scenario in paper?

    Should I be worried here, as they all seem great but it is so dodgy paying my security deposit to a tenant that is leaving.....WHen I leave the place what if i cannot get the next tenant moving in to pay me the security deposit.

    ANy advice greatly appreciated
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    This is highly irregular. Do not do it.
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    Do not do this.
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    You don't pay other tenants anything. The security deposit is normally around £300 and will be payed to the landlord or their agent. Talk to the landlord or their agent about this issue. She sounds like she is just trying to get some free money of you. Other tenants are not responsible for security deposits.
 
 
 
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