When does a tenancy start, at the date the contract was signed or the term start?

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I signed a contract with a potential tenant on the 15th February and the term was to start on the 1st March for 6 months. I received a chq for 950 for bond and 450 first months rent. However, he asked if he could have access prior so that he could decorate.
I said yes, but he made a mess and then changed his mind and on the 27th Feb he said he wasnt moving in.

He left 2 rooms half decorated, curtains missing, fixtures removed off the walls, wardrobes doors removed.

I had received his chq on the 15th but had not banked it because I did not want it in my bank. I banked the chq on 23rd Feb so that it would clear on the 1st March for me to withdraw the bond and place it on the deposit scheme.

However, he didnt move in, and so I thought, never became a tenant. I used the money to make right what he had messed up and refused to give him his money back.

He has taken me to court for his 950 back and used the law relating to the deposit not been deposited into the scheme.

I am confused because the judge said that I was to pay him 2000 being his deposit and 3 times his deposit.

I argued that he was never my tenant. and the judge deliberated a long time trying to decide whether he was a tenant or not.

I have a right to appeal but dont know why we have a contract signing date and a term of the contract so cant argue.

I can claim more rent as it was a 6 months contract and have bills from decorators and builders but am at my witts end.

Did he become a tenant or not... and if not should i still have deposited his money even tho he caused me so much money to put the property back to a letting position?

29/12/2010 00:00

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