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fakename | 12:54 Tue 15th Jan 2008 | Property
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Hi, My girlfriend and I saw a flat we wanted to move into so went to the estate agents to put on a holding deposit. The rent was �880 per month but the landlord wanted to increase the rent to �910 per month once we moved in. The flat was advertised at �880 so when discussing this with the agent last Saturday we agreed to move in on the condition that we would pay �880 for the first 6 months and after that pay �910. This is because my girlfriend in in university and will be working in 6 months time so we will be able to afford the �910 then. So my question is has the estate agent got the right to increase the rent after we agreed on a lower rate and paid a holding deposit? Thanks for reading! Hope someone can help.

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have you signed a lease or just paid a holding deposit? If youd signed a lease then they couldnt change it not sure about if youve only paid a deposit and not signed.

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Just a holding deposit. I think it's really unfair that they advertised it at the lower price, if thay had said �910 at the beginning we wouldn't have considered it. Oh well, thanks redcrx
have you tried threatening to pull out? After all, nothings signed and they have change the agreement already so they cant hold the deposit.
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Yes, we've threatened to cancel the deal. It's not that we're worried about the deposit, we know we'll get that back, it's just that we had our hearts set on moving in there and we already have someone lined up to move into our old place!

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