Legal rights when shifting - getting deposit back?

#1 Jan 1st, 2012, 21:00
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hi all

I'm just about to shift to a new apartment, and I'm a little worried about getting back the deposit on my old place.

Especially since I had to pay 10 months rent as a deposit, which is considered 'normal' here in Bangalore.

Does anyone know the legal situation if my landlord tries to give me back less than I think is fair? (I'm expecting some kind of token deduction for 'cleaning', maybe a few hundred Rupees.)

Do I just go to the police if I'm not happy or is there some kind of appeals procedure?

And is there a time-limit within which he's supposed to refund it? Having to pay a deposit on my new place when I move in makes all this a bit tricky to say the least.

Thanks for any pointers!
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This is always tricky. The dirtier landlords will try to saddle you with bills for 'damages'.

However, a lot of deposits are returned without any issues. Usually payable concurrent with the tenant vacating the flat and returning the keys at the end of the tenancy.
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#3 Jan 1st, 2012, 21:08
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Thanks, Capt!

So I should insist on being given a cheque when I return the keys on the day of shifting?
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Yep, I would. Or, better still, a bank draft (although a bounced cheque is a criminal offence in theory....)

If you have dealt with the landlord/landlady over a period of time, you may have a sense of what kind of person s/he is. No guarantees, however. I have seen seemingly decent people trying to swindle even 5000 rupees in similar cases.

I would not insist on a draft unless I sensed there would likely be a problem with a cheque
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I should really have replied to this back in January...

The landlady gave me a cheque for the full deposit on the day I handed over the keys, and asked me to sign a letter saying that she had done so. Job done, everyone happy.

I'm moving out of my current flat in 4 weeks' time... let's hope Landlord #2 is equally accommodating!

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