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    • vanillily
    • By vanillily 15th Sep 17, 5:29 PM
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    Reference Check Mixup
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    • 15th Sep 17, 5:29 PM
    Reference Check Mixup 15th Sep 17 at 5:29 PM
    Hi everybody,

    I am writing here because I'm in a really frustrating situation and I could really use some advice.

    Recently I have started the process of renting a 2 bedroom apartment in London with 2 friends.

    2 of us are students, the other one is a working professional.

    We have put down the holding deposit, we were ready to use Housing Hand for our UK guarantor, but then the agency (before completing the reference check) emailed us saying that there will be no need of a guarantor anymore, as we are 3 people and the working professionaal covers half of the annually rent.

    After signing the contract and paying the remaining amount of the security deposit and the first month rent, we receive an email saying that the situation has changed and that we are short of 10,000 pounds.

    After arguing with them and going back and forth, they told me that they were mistaken when they said that we don't need a guarantor and that we should apply for one. And from 10,000 short they increased the amount to 30.000 smth.

    First of all, I feel like I'm being treated like an idiot. I don't believe it is my problem that they were mistaken, I have always provided them with accurate information about myself and my income.

    Secondly, we have already paid for everything on the terms we had, it seems outrageous to pay another 300-700 .

    Shouldn't they sort it out?

    What should I do, what should be my approach?


    PS: My move-in date is on Tuesday, on the 19th.
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    • ScorpiondeRooftrouser
    • By ScorpiondeRooftrouser 15th Sep 17, 9:29 PM
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    • #2
    • 15th Sep 17, 9:29 PM
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    • 15th Sep 17, 9:29 PM
    Does the apartment even exist? Do these people have the right to let it? Who have you paid all this money to?
    • Narkynewt
    • By Narkynewt 15th Sep 17, 9:42 PM
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    • #3
    • 15th Sep 17, 9:42 PM
    • #3
    • 15th Sep 17, 9:42 PM
    Have you seen the property & checked out the agencies credentials? The figures seem to be jumping up a lot?
    • vanillily
    • By vanillily 15th Sep 17, 11:54 PM
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    • #4
    • 15th Sep 17, 11:54 PM
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    • 15th Sep 17, 11:54 PM
    Thanks everybody. Yes, the apartment exists, the agency has a decent reputation and I have the receipt for the amount I have paid.
    • FBaby
    • By FBaby 16th Sep 17, 9:02 AM
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    • #5
    • 16th Sep 17, 9:02 AM
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    • 16th Sep 17, 9:02 AM
    They made a mistake, but remember that they are only the agent, it is the LL who makes the demands.
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