Hi everyone, was just reaching out for some advice.
So my situation was as follows; I moved into rented accommodation and paid one months deposit in cash to my landlady. Before moving my landlady mentioned several times about writing up a contract for me to sign. As time went on no contract was ever signed and I was busy whilst she was but in the end a contract was never even written up although I mentioned a few times. As time went on it became very stressful living at the property due to the fact that the landlady (live in landlady) would blame me for issues around the house; when most of the time I was working 12 hours a day). As things progressed it got to the point where she would leave dirty things outside my room and to the point that I mentioned that I do not want to live in a place with this going on as it was causing me to much stress. In the end I left the house without notice- but I believe I dont have to give notice as I never signed a contract. As I was leaving my landlady was all fine and I left everything as I found it in perfect condition.
Upon leaving the property my landlady stated that she would return my deposit and asked for me to text my bank details, saying she would send my deposit back once she has found another tenant to rent the room. I have now received messages saying that I should of gave notice by law and that she hasn’t found a tenant so she is a months rent down.
I would like some advice on what to do as I was under the impression that if I didn’t sign a contract I am legally entitled to my deposit even though I didn’t give notice, but even so I left due to the stress I was put under. Could it also be mentioned that she should of put my deposit as part of the governments protection scheme anyway, so she was breaking the law?
Any advice would be grateful