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Do I have to accept my deposit back?

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My landlord wants to evict me rather than comply with an Improvement Notice issued by the local Council. However, he failed to protect my deposit within the required 30 days and cannot, therefore, issue a Section 21. I have now received a cheque for the value of my deposit from my landlord’s solicitors, asking me to accept it and send them another cheque by return so that my landlord ‘may comply with his obligations’. I am not an idiot and realise that if I do this he will then be able to issue a Section 21. So, I intend to either ignore the letter or send the cheque they sent me back with a refusal to comply. Am I safe to do this? Is there any legal way he can evict me? Obviously, my rent is never late and nor will it be!

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