My landlord has asked me to pay the deposit protection scheme fees to protect my deposit, which cost about £50. I’ve asked Shelter, the Citizens’ Advice Bureau and Mydeposit.co.uk and they’ve all told me it’s normally down to the landlord to protect the deposit and therefore pay for this protection scheme. But then they’ve also told me a landlord can charge his tenant administration fees, and what I’ve understood from what they told me (although they were never really clear) is basically that a landlord can pass off the deposit protection scheme fees as admin fees. I’m not from the UK and it all sounds very vague to me, to be honest… Also, I’m not familiar with those admin fees that a landlord can apparently charge his tenant(s).
I should say my landlord is a private landlord and the flat isn’t with an agency.
Here are my questions:
1) So can my landlord ask me to pay for the deposit protection scheme (whether directly or by disguising it as ‘admin fees’) or can he not?
2) Can I dispute paying for it? What does the law say (if anything)? Is there an official text I can show him as proof that he’s the one who should pay for it?
3) What are those admin fees and what do landlords typically charge their tenants fees for? What is legal to charge a tenant admin fees for, and what is illegal?
I’d very much appreciate your help. My tenant is deranged, constantly picking fights and bringing me and my flatmate down and we feel very much alone here.
Thanks a lot in advance!