How to return part of the deposit?

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  • Goobs27
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    I was at an ARLA meeting a few weeks ago where it was mentioned that the DPS are looking at introducing an option that allows an agent or landlord to return to the tenant any amount of the deposit over the 5 week limit. Unfortunately I think they have assigned the job of organising it to a close relative of Chris Grayling....

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  • KTC
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    Originally posted by jpkeates View Post
    The constraints on the value of a deposit don't affect existing leases.
    There is no need (or indeed mechanism) to do that..
    We're not talking about an existing tenancy. The OP wants to agree a new tenancy which will start after the Tenant Fees Act come into force. It is expected the Act will apply from June to all new tenancies (probably not including SPT arising from a fixed term granted before June). Landlords will be required to reduce existing deposit down to the 5 weeks amount for any new tenancies.

    Originally posted by Pergola View Post
    DPS says they cannot release part of the deposit, only the full amount and if I want to retain most of the deposit, I'd have to make a claim for it and then reregister it once my claim was approved and I'd received the funds. However, there would be a short window when the tenants would be in the property and the deposit would be unprotected - not ideal. Other option is to return it in full to the tenants and rely on them to then send the funds to me to be reregistered. Also not ideal as tenants already occupy the property. What do you advise?
    Get the tenant agreement as part of the new tenancy that you can have 5 weeks worth of the deposit which will be used as the deposit for the new tenancy. Use that agreement to get DPS to pay you the 5 weeks worth, and 1 week to the tenant, then reprotect it. You'll have to give PI again. Just be careful that all this is done within 30 days of the new tenancy / DPS paying out.

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  • jpkeates
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    The constraints on the value of a deposit don't affect existing leases.
    There is no need (or indeed mechanism) to do that.

    The inventory/condition report is simply a document recording the condition at the start of the lease.
    Unless the renewal agreement specifically mentions it, there's no need to make reference to it.

    For the avoidance doubt, there's no actual need to renew anything, the lease continues anyway (unless the tenant moves out before the end of the fixed term).

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