Question posted in the Landlord Tenant Law category relating to North West
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Hi I just need advise please. I wanted to rent a house from a private owner I paid a holding dep of R1500 and signed a contract. This was in the middle of Feb. The lease was then to start at 1st March. We dicided against renting and I spoke to the owner and gave my reasons. She said it's fine and that if she can get tenants for the 1st of March that I can get my holding dep of R1500 back. They have new tenants now since before the 1st of March but are refusing to give the holding dep back because I signed a contract. So I just want to know is my contract still binding after they get new tenants and can the keep the holding dep.
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Legally, your landlord is required to return your deposit to you because the contract was cancelled by agreement between the parties, subject to the requirement that new tenants are found - which happened!
My advice is to go to the small claims court and issue a summons to sue your landlord for the return of the deposit and interest.
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