Is it normal practice to ask flatmates to provide two months rent up front as a deposit?
I moved into an apartment in December and put two months rent into a holding account as a deposit with our landlord. We also paid our first months rent (a very expensive month).
Now my flatmate is moving out and I need to replace her. She would like her half of this deposit back. I am advertising on Appartager, but was wondering if it was standard practice to ask for such a deposit as well as first months rent (taking into account that it is usually a 6 - 12 month tenancy that people are looking for)?
Any advice would be much appreicated