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    Hey Guys,
    From 1st sept 08 - 27 june 09 I lived in shared accomodation with a joint tenancy agreement. I signed up for the next academic year and was due to move back in on the 1st sept 09. I changed my mind however, as i don't want to live there anymore. I had left some of my things in my room over the summer as I did plan on moving back and didn't remove them until the second week of July. I was due to pay a retainer on the 1st August to keep my room for summer, i have now cancelled the standing order for this. I have found someone to take my room and they have signed the contract and want to move in the 1st august instead of sept. The landlords are saying as i didnt move my stuff out of the house on the 27th june then they are going to take 3 weeks rent out of my 250 deposit as my stuff was there! Can they do this? I wasn't living there and have found someone to take over my room! They aren't losing any money, infact they are gaining money as the guy wants to move in earlier!
    I've also found out that i shouldn't have paid a retainer last year from my unis website as extensive building work was going on and we had no use of the house, couldnt leave stuff there or stay a few days over summer. Is there anything i can do about this now?
    Any help would be greatly appreciated

    I think the landlord taking out three weeks rent is quite reasonable, as your property was in the house they could not have rented it out to anybody else even if they had wanted to. Sounds quite ordinary to me, at least they are taking it out of your deposit rather than charging you on top of what you have already paid.
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