A blog clinic question on tenancy deposits from Katrina
We vacated a rental property on 26th May 2011 following an 8 month tenancy period (Assured Shorthold). At the end of the tenancy we wished to enter into a dispute with the landlord over money he wished to retain from our deposit and wanted a 3rd party to arbitrate as we had not come to an agreement between ourselves.
The deposit had originally been protected with My Deposits but had been removed from their scheme on 25th February 2011, meaning their responsibility to us ended on May 25th 2011 – the day before our tenancy ended and several weeks before this issue came up. It turns out the deposit had not been reprotected with anyone else. This left us with no arbitration service.
Since we found this out the landlord/agent have now agreed to drop the dispute and refund the whole deposit but we are still unhappy with the fact our deposit was unprotected when we needed help and advice. Does anyone know the legal position on this? Is the landlord liable for not having our deposit protected up until the end of the tenancy?
Any help/advice would be much appreciated!
Katrina, the tenancy deposit legislation was intended to give you a claim against the landlord if he had failed to protect. However in a recent case, the Court of Appeal have decided that the wording of the legislation (which is very confused) actually does not allow a tenant to claim this penalty after they have left the property. I wrote a blog post about this >>here.
So as you have had your deposit money returned to you, there is nothing more you can do about it.