We have recently moved out of the house we were renting. We moved in in February 2012 and we only found out a few weeks ago that our deposit has been unprotected since January 2014. We mentioned this to our landlord and he avoided the question, simpy responding with ‘yeah, yeah we’ll sort it out’. We met him at the house a few days ago (we’d spent almost two days cleaning the property and making sure that we left it in a good condition) and he was fine with the condition of the property (he has put the house up for sale). He said that he wanted proof that we’d paid our Council Tax, Water bill and Gas and Elec bills before he returns our deposit. We have paid all of our bills and have sent him photo messages of the bills showing that they are paid. We’ve also sent him our final meter readings etc. We had an idea that he may try to delay paying us our deposit back (from previous experience with him) but I woke up this morning to a text message that basically says he needs to take photos of damage to the property which includes brackets on the radiator covers (he had heavy wooden radiator covers on most radiators in the property and fixed them to the wall with velcro which didn’t hold them). When our son started crawling he pulled one down on top of him so we had to put brackets on them to fix them securely to the wall, okay we didn’t phone and ask his permission but at the time we were more worried about our baby being hurt. His text message also said ‘and a few other things’. This has come as a complete shock to us as when we met him at the house he didn’t mention any issues with the condition of the property and he even shook our hands and said thank you for being such good tenants! We’ve had a few issues with him over the last 3 years where he’s been a bit awkward. We also know that he has money issues so we kind of prepared ourselves for difficulties with getting our deposit back. What is our next step? In our notice letter to him we asked for our deposit to be returned within 10 days so presumably we have to wait until those 10 days are up before we take any next steps. I really don’t want to have to go ahead with legal proceedings but we have done absolutely nothing wrong, we looked after the house and returned it in a good condition. We paid our rent and bills on time and he even said himself that we’ve been ‘no bother over the last 3 years’ so we feel pretty annoyed about him now deciding to be awkward when he looked us straight in the face and shook our hands saying thanks for being good tenants!! I had a few phonecalls with him in the weeks leading up to our departure regarding our deposit and each time he assured me that we would get our deposit back and that him and his wife ‘weren’t that sort of people’ and he even swore on his childrens life that we would get our deposit back but he would never commit to timescales etc. We even had to push him to meet us at the property on the last day to hand over the keys etc, he wanted us to leave and post the keys through the letter box! I’m sure we’re not the only ones who have fallen foul to less than reasonable landlords so I’m hoping someone on here can offer some good advice. Thanks for reading.