Well I agree with that.. it's a pity if the landlord seems to be decent but I don't want to fall again and again to the same hole.rluk wrote:Not paying the last 2 month's rent seems the most logical option. Although I have a fairly good relationship with my landlady, and don't want to needlessly be a prick and cause trouble, but the power (i.e. cash) is all in their hands otherwise. I think I will at least have a discussion on the process for repayment of the bond before I pay the last two months rent. Any other useful tactics?
I got a lawyer (friend) to check the lease agreement (which is a standard one) and my biggest financial liabilities by withholding last two months rent is the interest slapped (ie in total about 3% of the monthly rent). The landlord can also legally try to kick you out of the property because you don't pay the rent.
On the other hand if we don't get our deposit back I think we can use the small claims tribunal to make our case. Once it's decided in your favor, it's not the end. You still need to ensure they execute it (ie transfer your money back). If they don't you need to get police involved and seize your money back... at least that's what I read (either here or in angry board, can't remember). So far for me, it's either not worth it (I'm a poor expat that lives in a thousand plus condos) for me to get back, or the lawyer letter (very cheap courtesy of my lawyer friend) always did it for me.