Landlords are required to put your deposit in a government-backed tenancy deposit scheme (TDP) if you rent your home on an assured shorthold tenancy that started after 6 April 2007.
This ensures that you receive your deposit back provided that you;
- Meet the terms of the tenancy agreement
- Don’t damage the property
- Pay your rent and bills
At the end of your tenancy your landlord must return your deposit within 10 days of you both agreeing on how much money you will have returned, however this is usually where disputes arise.
Landlords will deduct from the deposit for a variety of reasons including;
- Outstanding rent and/or bills
- Direct damage to the property and its contents, including
- Cigarette burns
- Broken furniture
- Holes in walls
- Missing belongings that are the landlord’s
- Indirect damage to the property and its contents – for example, water damage caused by leaving a window open when the tenant is away for the weekend
Landlords cannot however, make deductions for disrepair that was their responsibility. These include;
The structure of the property which includes
- Essential appliances
- Hot water, boilers and heating
- Gas and Electricity
- Sinks and Basins
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