I have a flat in Mumbai that I gave on rent to a couple. They've been good tenants mostly. Paid the rent on time. The rental agreement was done in the name of the wife.
However, they recently filed for divorce and hence went back to their respective parents place. They indicated they want to terminate the agreement as well. (they are past the lock in period - hence perfectly valid)
A few questions though:
1. I think (not very clear on this), the husband issued a cheque from his account for the initial rental deposit and in fact paid the rent for the first few months from his account. However, the rental agreement is in his wife's name. Should I return the rental deposit back to the wife (since the agreement is in her name) or the husband (if he was the one who paid the initial deposit)
2. The husband also called me and requested if I can withhold the money from his wife as she is trying to swindle him off money. I don't think that is legally possible. However, is there any legal trace I can maintain to keep a record of the fact that I returned the deposit amount back? and let the couple fight it out on who should get how much of it in court?
3. He even requested if I can provide him with a copy of the rental agreement. Am I allowed to provide him that - since he is not the one who is on the agreement.