For all assured shorthold tenancies created after 06 April 2007, Landlords must enter deposits into a deposit protection scheme. There are four schemes available that include:
The above schemes are all supported by the government and are designed to help ensure either the Landlord or Tenant gets an appropriate proportion of the deposit depending on whether there has been damage to the property and the rent and bills have been paid.
Landlords are obliged to enter the deposit into one of the above schemes within 30 days of receipt of the deposit.
When the tenancy ends, if Landlord and Tenant agree the amount of deposit to be returned then it must be given to you within 10 days of the end of the tenancy. However, if there are any disputes the deposit is protected until issues are resolved.
For Landlords it is important to note that if you fail to enter the deposit into one of the above schemes the Tenant has the right to apply to the county court to have the deposit protected. The court also has a discretion to award the Tenant damages being 1 to 3 times the amount of the deposit.
It is clear that both Landlords and Tenants need to ensure they comply with the above schemes and terms of the tenancy agreement to ensure they get a fair proportion of their deposit back.
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