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    My friend and I are moving in together next year, and went to view a flat last Friday. There were 2 other couples there and we were repeatedly told that the rent was £750 a month, and that the first person to put down a deposit of £490 (half the first months rent plus an admin fee per person) would take the flat off the market pending our applications (credit checks and references and such). We did receive a receipt for this £490 but I am unsure whether it mentions that it was based on the figure of £750 per month for rent.

    The letting agency then called us yesterday to inform us that due to an administrative error the rent is actually £800, and asked us if that was ok. Well, of course not, we actually didn't think the rent was worth £750 in the first place, let alone £800. We told the company we weren't happy and that they had to honour their rent of £750. They said it was there had been a miscommunication between the landlord and them, and that the landlord wasn't happy with letting it go for £750. We were also informed that if the landlord didn't change their mind and we didn't get the flat, only part of our £490 would be refunded (we would not receive the admin fee back, it does say on the receipt if for any reason we don't get the flat, we don't get the admin fee back, but this isn't our fault so it's a bit unfair).

    All in all, we're not happy. We think that the letting agency should honour the price stated to us on a number of occasions and that the dispute should be sorted out between the letting agency and the landlord - this shouldn't have anything to do with us. At the moment we are waiting for the letting agency to speak to the landlord and explain we aren't happy and get back to us but we really aren't sure what's going to happen. We either want the flat at £750, or our £490 refunded without penalty.

    Where do we stand legally here? Should they honour the £750 a month? We never signed a contract, just an application form, but my chum pointed out that verbal agreements exist in Scotland.

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    I definitely think it was unfair.

    Try going to your student union or the Citizen's Advice Bureau.
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    i agree with Ice_Queen go to citizens advice and see what they say
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    yes, they should honour the agreement. Was it ever in writing that the rent was 750? I think you probebly have a case for small claims court!
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    Spoken to the leasing agent and now the landlord has turned us down. Ah well.
    Thanks for your help anyway!
 
 
 
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