It interesting that both landlords and tenants seem to dislike the Tenancy Deposit Protection legislation. I guess that is because in any dispute both parties think that they are right and only one can win?
I think it's good that they'll stop rogue landlords running off with a deposit (although like they care about losing a couple of hundred quid anyway) but give carte blanche to rogue tenants, ie the pair of scumbags I had, to cause as much damage/hassle as they want, knowing full well they'll get the deposit back at the end of the tenancy.
If a landlord has good evidence of his right to claim from the deposit he will be paid out. The problem is that many landlords have no evidence – not even an inventory – and in this case the money will be returned to the tenant because it is their money until the landlord proves otherwise
I would agree with Mary,
as LL, I have had http://www.mydeposits.co.uk, pay back a deposit to me in full after providing an inventory and check out for a damaged and mouldy flat
and another TDS scheme refundd me depsout in full too (even though it didnt cover all damages by rogue tenant in full )
The devil is in the detail. Inventories and check-in, check-out reports, deposit certificates need to be thorough and rogues on either side of the fence shall be caught out.
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