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Are you occupying the property under an assured shorthold tenancy agreement for residential purposes?
What is the annual rent and when did the tenancy agreement start/expire?
If you did not receive a notice before you executed the tenancy agreement stating that the tenancy was not to be an assured shorthold tenancy then it will taken to be an assured shorthold tenancy.
As such the deposit should have been registered in a Tenancy Deposit Scheme. You should have received reference details for the deposit. If the landlord has not placed the deposit then you can sue him for the return of the whole of the deposit and a fine (payable by him to you) of three times the deposit amount.
The difficulty is that you may get judgement for that amount but if he has no assets or income then you have nothing to enforce the judgement against him.
Write formally to him setting out the above asking for details of the scheme/deposit within 14 days. If he does not respond then you will have to issue. You can get a solicitor to do this for you or do it yourself via www.moneyclaim.gov.uk. You will need an address for him.
You could also try enquiring of the the agents.
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