Tenant vacated condo unit after expiry of contract but deposit not refunded

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asked on Nov 8, 2008 at 14:25
edited on Mar 30, 2016 at 22:35
I rented a unit in a condo from a real estate agent acting on behalf of the owner (a foreigner). Contract was signed by me and the owner however rental was paid into the agent's account with a PA from the owner. According to the agent, the owner is hardly in the country, so there was no contact between me and the owner.

The contract expires after 1 year with no clause stating on the notice period. As a formal gesture, 1 month before the contract expire, I have informed the agent of my intention to vacate the unit and he had agreed to refund a total deposit monies of RM2,250 in accordance to the contract. At the end of the notice period the agent had failed to refund my money, with excuses that the owner will want to inspect the unit. But there were no commitment on the specific time of inspection.

The agent also failed to forward to me copies of email messages he claimed he had sent to the owner with regard to my notice and deposit monies. An email address of the owner was given to me but was proven to be invalid.

It has already been more than 1 week now after I had vacated my unit, and there is no indication that the agent is going to pay me. The owner wanting to inspect the unit is a lie because when another unit supposedly owned by the owner was vacated, there was no such inspection conducted.

I don't think the agent will pay me. I am ****ed off and felt cheated.

I want to do a police report. Will that do me any good? What else can I do? I need your advice.
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answered on Mar 31, 2016 at 22:32
Armed with a Power of Attorney the agent is the owner's agent and whatever he reasonably does on behalf of the owner binds him and you. 

He does not have to give you copies of any correspondence between him and his principle the real owner. Thats privileged information and you have no right to it.

It is not unusual to with hold repayment of your deposit till an inspection is carried out on the property to ascertain the condition of the property or any damage to it.

Putting aside acceptable and normal wear and tear for the term of the lease, any other damage and unpaid bills you incur such as electricity and water is deductable from your deposit.
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