Hi, I signed up hoping someone could give some advice regarding my situation. I’m aware of the law around protection of tenancy deposits but it’s a slightly weird case.
I had a tenancy that started in 2012 for which I paid a deposit, the deposit was registered with a scheme but under the name of another tenant. I have email confirmation from them that they received the deposit from my account. Subsequently the other tenant left and I have since signed entirely new AST agreements with only myself as tenant (two completely new tenancy agreements since 2014). There appears to be no deposit registered in my name covering any of the subsequent tenancy agreements, I have confirmed this with the scheme and was advised that the landlord should have repaid the deposit and registered a new one with each new tenancy agreement; fairly sure they didn’t do this to avoid costs as they are massive cheapskates, the house was full of badly bodged attempts at diy repair. As it stands, as the original deposit is not registered in my name I can’t initiate the repayment process or make use of the dispute resolution service. I ended the most recent tenancy in January, the landlord is refusing to return my deposit. Do I have a case to take legal action to force the landlord to pay back my deposit? Any advice on why to do is massively appreciated.