Until covid came and I had to vacate after paying rent for few months without staying in the house, it was all good. The owner is an NRI, initially seemed cool. He even paid for complete deep cleaning of the house and replaced the RO. Never interfered. He once visited the house and didn't look into other rooms. He said that day that the only reason he had given the house on rent is that it was costly to maintain the house. Firstly my rude flatmates and house owner did not allow me to vacate. They both wanted me to pay rent till December and the owner did not give any reductions citing that you haven't lost your job, why don't you want to pay. When I informed the owner that I would be vacating and gave two months' notice (jun-July), his wife tried to convince me to stay, how will they find a new tenant, etc. Basically, he and his wife were forcing me to continue paying rent till December. Luckily, my lease was expiring in Aug. My deposit covered more than 4 months of the rent. The owner asked for paying rent for the two months, I said deduct from the deposit. He replied very rudely and he and his wife both blocked me on WhatsApp.
I had to listen to words like he didn't carefully choose the tenants, just because I asked for some concession since March I was staying at my hometown.
The broker also behaved rudely and I had to finally email the owner multiple times for the remaining deposit. I had to involve a lawyer at my end and I gave the owner official notice before going to file a complaint. That's how I got my deposit back after deducting 4 days extra rent apart from the notice period, society move out charges, etc (without receipt)