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deposit not in a scheme

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Tenant

Hi
Ive just left a property which i privately rented in my AST it said ny deposit would be held in a scheme which legally all landlords have to, however my landlord has text to say he will return it himself when he has been to the property on Monday. Surely thats not aloud?
Any advice would be great
Thanks
Nicky

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Tenant

Hi Nicky.

To begin, I would say the best advice I can give is to wait to see what happens. Do you have a bank statement / receipt to prove how much you paid as your deposit?

He does legally have to hold your deposit in a Deposit Protection Scheme but if he returns your bond in full, then there is nothing else for you to worry about.

If, however, he tries to deduct money from the bond that you do not agree to, tell him straight that you plan to take him to court and that you may be entitled to 3x £BOND in compensation, and he is liable for every penny. He would also be convicted for not meeting the legal requirements for protecting your bond. This may just scare him enough to give in and return the full amount.

Here is a helpful website you might want to read:

http://england.shelter.org.uk/get_advice/tenancy_deposits/court_action_to_get_a_tenancy_deposit_returned

I have just noticed that you posted this 6 days ago and therefore Monday as already been and gone.

How did it go? If you need any more advice, let me know.

Good luck and remember you must get a receipt of your bond being paid into a DPS within 30 days of the tenancy beginning, also, get EVERYTHING in writing.

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