We visited a property to rent, we made an offer which was accepted, paid deposit + admin fees, received the tenancy agreement with a special clause which says that we can't use the balcony!!! (they ask us to pay before sending the agreement... But it is apparently common practice in the UK). The private balcony appears on the online advert and we didn't specifically ask if we could use it during the visit (because it seemed obvious to us... as in, I didn't ask if I could use the shower).
And now they are literally lying to our face... They sent me an email saying:
At the time of the viewing there was a second party at the property; they enquired as to the availability of the balcony. [Letting agent] at this point mentioned that it was not included as part of any tenancy. At this point, [Me] asked [Letting agent] ‘why the balcony was not included’ – [Letting agent] advised that he was not sure of the reasoning but he would find out why.
The conversation above never happened!
And now I don't want to sign the agreement and they're trying to steal from us
In line with the above I must inform you that as per your signed reservation fee letter (attached) that should you wish to withdraw from this administration at any stage within the process, £700 will be retained from the funds paid.
Do we have any grounds for getting our money back??? I cannot prove that they lied during the viewing...