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When you give your landlord your deposit for the property you rent from them, they must put it in a deposit protection scheme or risk tenants claiming thousands of pounds from them.
When the Housing Act 2004 came into force, it placed a strict duty on all Landlords to register a deposit in an approved scheme and there is a time scale for doing this; along with registering the deposit the landlord must serve prescribed information on the tenant.
Some landlords have not registered the deposits within the time scale and they have now been advised that they cannot obtain possession of their properties and they have had to pay their tenant the equivalent of up to 3 month's rent as compensation.
When fixed term tenancy agreements expire the landlord has to serve further prescribed information on their tenants. If this is not served the tenants do not have to vacate.
If you are a tenant who has paid a deposit you should ask your Landlord for a copy of the bond registration certificate, if you are a landlord who has not registered a bond, then you need assistance as soon as possible. Newbolds always believe that there are solutions to problems and despite the complexity of housing law we usually find a way around every problem. If you’d like more come to our weekly free legal surgery in our Barry office at 106 Broad Street, where we can advise you of your rights.
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