the_syco Registered User

blacklilly said:
This is how I understand it to be. Deposits were paid to the tenants who were vacating (on a room by room basis). None of the current tenants have a copy of the original lease. Landlord was made aware each time a tenant was vacating.
Notice to vacate served by the landlord references the return of deposits so I don’t believe that will be an issue.

As no new leases were signed, IMO he would only need to return the deposits to the people who have signed a lease with the landlord, and given the landlord a deposit. Otherwise, he doesn't have the deposits of those who have since entered the house, as they didn't give him the deposit.

The landlord could still give the deposits to the tenants as a carrot to get the tenants out, but I doubt he is legally obliged to do so.

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