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Can a landlord hold a deposit indefinitely while "looking into" how much to deduct for disputed charges?
Left my tenancy four weeks ago and requested my deposit back 10 days ago. Subsequently, my landlord has deducted about £300 for some nonsense claims which are being disputed by me. However, the landlord is currently still “looking into” how much exactly will be held in from my deposit, so more than the initial £300 claimed. My deposit is held under the tenancy deposit scheme. Is there any way to get my money back, with the deduction of £300 what is under dispute, or can the landlord hold my deposit in infinity until they’ve figured out how much they want to deduct?

Mario Shoulta

20th October 2021

+5

8 upvotes

Top Answer
Go to the scheme as per the instructions given by the bot, as his time for consideration has passed.

Helen Green

11th February 2022

+10

13 upvotes

Once 14 calendar days have passed since you asked for your deposit back, you can then ask the deposit protection scheme to step in. They will force a response from the LL (usually with 14 days),. If the LL misses that deadline, then the scheme should simply return your entire deposit to you! So contacting the deposit scheme is your next step.

Virginia Blackwell

11th February 2022

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