Tenant branded scum after telling landlord to use deposit to cover last rent

A tenant was branded "scum" by her landlord after she refused to pay her final month's rent and told him to use her deposit instead.

Jayde Madle controversially told her flat's owner to use the deposit as her final payment "so he couldn't steal half of it for made up reasons" before moving from London to the US.

However, the furious owner hit back at her "landlord-shafting" plans by labelling her "a liar, arrogant, snidey, greedy and spoilt", so she shamed him on Twitter by sharing a screenshot.

The former University of Westminster student has since split the internet with her bold move, with many praising her and claiming his rant is evidence he'd "already spent her deposit".

Others have sympathised with the unknown property owner and claimed Jayde should pay the final month's rent as it is "what everyone signs up to".

In her tweets, she branded the landlord a "cowboy" and claim she was forced to act after she alleged that he "stole previous tenants' deposits" and hers wasn't registered on a Government-approved tenancy deposit protection scheme.

Jayde's wrote: "My landlord just messaged me this because I asked him to use my deposit as my last month's rent so he can't steal half for made-up reasons like he has with every other tenant.

"Not this tweet ending up on landlord Twitter. Please stop chiming in if you've not read everything, I wouldn't have done this if he used the tenancy deposit scheme (a legal requirement).

"I've rented in London for the past five years and never had an issue with a landlord before."

The landlord's scathing WhatsApp response said: "My thoughts on you? Jayde you are lower than scum and people laugh at you.

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"You are a liar, arrogant, snidey, greedy, and spoilt and I would be embarrassed to be associated with you. Maybe you are just immature and will grow out of it. Good riddance."

Jayde insisted she's never had issues with a landlord before and even goes for drinks with one of her previous flat's owners, but says the message she shared was 'just the tip of the iceberg'.

Her tweets have more than 22,000 likes and have sparked a huge debate.

@Rydel22 commented: "Your deposit isn't meant to be used as a final rent unless it was agreed in writing. He should have taken six weeks off you. Poor guy."

One user named Matt said: "I don't agree with this message but also the rent should be paid until you leave and then the deposit returned if the property is in order.

"This is all set out from the start. It's what everyone signs up to."

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However other users backed her plan and suggested his reaction to it indicated he would never have returned her deposit in the first place.

Redwoman1552: "This is top landlord-shafting. I trust your judgement that you'd have never seen your deposit again. I didn't see either of mine when I rented. Good work."

A user called Seanie said: "He wasn't so embarrassed to be associated with you when you were paying off his mortgage."

Another user added: "Tell me your landlord plans on stealing the deposit without telling me your landlord plans on stealing your deposit. There's no way he would react like this if his intentions are good."

UK law states landlords must put tenants' deposits in a government-approved tenancy deposit scheme (TDS) within 30 days of receiving it.

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