- I have to close my bank account before I leave the country.
- I need a bank account in order to pay in the security deposit cheque.
- It will take my landlord up to two weeks after final inspection before the cheque is issued.
- I have to vacate on or before the date of final inspection.
So where do I live? The Ramada? Bates Motel? Someone’s sofa? I’ve already paid rent up to 14th July and I have to leave within a week of my residence permit being cancelled. Allowing a couple of days for the bank to handle cheque clearance and account closure, I will become homeless on 21st June. I’m suspicious that my landlord is not satisfied with three weeks’ rent paid on an empty flat, but seeks to delay issuing the security deposit cheque until after I’ve demobilised and he can grab a further month’s-worth of free money. Maybe I should sell all the furniture from this fully-furnished flat and let him keep the deposit.