Kinleigh Folkard & Hayward have asked me to make payment of rent+deposit for a flat rental in advance without giving me access to the tenancy agreement. I signed it last week, so was happy from my end and the landlord supposedly signed it today. I was then expecting them to show me the tenancy agreement for final approval before paying rent+deposit to secure the flat.
However, instead they have said that “The tenancy agreement are executed once both parties have signed, all monies have been paid and all safety requirements are in place". In other words, only when I have paid money do I get access to the tenancy agreement. They claim this is standard practice.
Obviously KFH are a very well-known in London and I’m probably being paranoid because I’m paying 6 months rent up front. However, it seems unusual that I do not get to see the tenancy agreement signed by BOTH parties prior to making payment.
I’m also wondering whether, if this falls through, I’m in a legal position to request my one week deposit is returned.