Technically he cannot forcefully remove you, shit you can even keep living there without paying rent if you want to play games, it would take the LL minimum 3 months to get a court order and have bailiffs to forcefully remove you. that is if you want to take it that far.
When negotating of getting your deposit back, if the LL plays silly buggers and doesnt want to, DO NOT HAND OVER KEYS until you have your deposit back, NO CHEQUES, CASH IS KING. \
Threaten the LL with the knowledge above
Next time dont make silly mistakes.
He can't repossess the flat without a court order or enter your flat with his keys without your permission. Just don't move out. Tell him he'll get the flat back when the lease ends upon mutual inspection and the return of the deposit in cash. Change lock and don't leave until you got everything back. There is nothing he can do to make you leave. Well nothing worth the deposit anyway
Even if he calls the cops, it's a contractual matter, nothing the cops can enforce.
Last edited by mrgoodkat; 17-12-2015 at 11:21 PM.
@OP - I'd get legal advice because the Landlord might bring civil charges against you and no one here will be able to get you proper advise. Regarding the repossession - I would simply tell the landlord know and remind him that he is breaking into your home if he enters it in your absence.
Last edited by er2; 18-12-2015 at 12:30 AM.
OP, you have done nothing wrong.You didn't sublet, so you are not even in breach of the contract.
The landlord can not legally take your deposit.
If he threatens to do so, play hardball and refuse to hand back the apartment. He'll lose far more money going through the system to take back vacant possession, and he knows it.
All right. I'll have an update today I guess. I'm leaving for Christmas on Sunday and I sure hope not to find my place taken by someone else when I get back.
Last edited by TheDocHK; 18-12-2015 at 09:30 AM.