Refusal to return deposit by landlord
I'm writing this in anticipation of a likely event considering that this landlord has done this before. Sorry for the long message.
I'm currently in Brussels for a 5-month internship and I've booked a room in a 9 bedroom share house. I have paid the deposit and continue to pay all the rent in time, although I never got an etat de leu and the landlord says this is not required as he aldreay has photos of the room before I moved in. He laso has not put the money in a blocked acount, but asked to wire the money into his personal account (I didn't know about the blocked account thing until after I had paid) Now, I have taken photos and filmed the room the day after I moved in and will do again on move out day.
If the landlord does the same, as he has done with others, and refuses to pay back the deposit because he comes up with damages that he says I have caused, even though I will have photos showing the room in the condition that I found it.
What can I do in such a situation? I will not be living in Brussels after my internship and will move back to Sweden. What are my options? I want to be prepared and not be screwed by the landlord as so many before me have.