Rental deposits: how to get yours back
- 9th October 2008
- Renting Property News
The latest interesting research from mydeposits.co.uk highlights the areas where tenants are losing part or all of their rental deposits.
In this economic downturn everyone is watching their wallets and tenants will be wanting to ensure that their deposits are returned in entirety at the end of the tenancy. Even though tenant’s deposits are now protected by legislation through the deposit scheme, landlords can still raise a dispute and delay or prevent the return of a deposit. The latest interesting research from the mydeposits.co.uk highlights the areas where tenants are losing part or all of their rental deposits.
38% of all tenant disputes were caught in disputes over cleaning costs.
11% of tenancy deposit disputes related to damage to the landlord’s property.
4% of disputes with landlords related to unpaid bills and rent.
The advice to tenants is -
• Always pay your rent on time and make sure you advise the landlord if it will be late – try not to make a habit of this. Arrange to pay by direct debit to avoid complaints.
• Check the inventory carefully before entering the property and raise any issues with the landlord/agent.
• Advise the landlord promptly of any damages before or during your tenancy.
• Ensure that the property is spring cleaned before handing the keys back to the landlord.
• Check that your landlord has placed your deposit in a proper deposit protection scheme. You can ask for a certificate - if you don’t receive one, your landlord could be reported for failing to comply with the law.
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