Spillages and damage will mean deductions from your deposit, which is only fair. But if you find yourself with a landlord or agent who you feel may be unfairly withholding deposit money, here are some simple steps you can take:
– First and foremost, speak to your landlord or agent directly – this is the easiest step to take and often resolves any issues straight away
– If an agreement over the deposit amount can’t be reached, then my|deposits can offer vital advice and information on what to do next
– As a tenant, you have three months from the end date of your tenancy to raise a deposit dispute, so don’t put it off until the end of the holidays! Act now
– If you have been sharing a property, decide who is going to lead and conduct all aspects of the deposit dispute – this person will need written authority to act on behalf of all the joint tenants
– The tenant raising the dispute will have to agree to fairly distribute the returned deposit money with the other joint tenants – you won’t be able to keep the money for yourself!
– Once the deposit scheme has been notified of a dispute you will have 10 working days in which to send in any remaining evidence either by post or email
– Evidence is crucial – keep as much evidence as possible to back up your case!
– To find out if your deposit is protected with mydeposits go to www.mydeposits.co.uk/tenants/tenant-isyourdepositprotected.htm
The last port of call is a Dispute Resolution service to resolve your dispute. However both you and your landlord must agree to this. If party does not agree, then the dispute must be resolved through the Court.
Eddie Hooker of mydeposits.co.uk said, “Although the majority of students do look after their rental properties, it’s worth remembering that a lack of care will be obvious to the landlord when the time comes to check out, and anything above and beyond fair wear and tear will result in deductions from the tenancy deposit.
“Agreeing on a deposit deduction in such a situation can be difficult for tenants at the best of times. Students are newer to the rentals market and should be aware that there is advice and support available to them, should they find themselves in a dispute with their landlord over a deposit.”
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