4 weeks to give deposit back

  • Filter
  • Time
  • Show
Clear All
new posts

    4 weeks to give deposit back

    I just gave a tennat his deposit back, 5 weeks after he moved out as I wanted all the bills paid etc. He is now really moaning that 'it took so long' and leaving long agressive messages on my ansaphone about it. I do not think this was an unreasonable amount of time, do you?

    Short answer as a landlord - yes 5 weeks is much to long. If the bills you refer to are utility bills, if they are not paid, it is up to the company to chase him.(Or did you not have them put in his name?) Not for you to withhold his deposit. We pay our tenants their deposits back on the day they leave. Unless we are waiting for carpet cleaning bills. But even then the most they would wait would be about 10 days. Many tenants need the money for the next property. What exactly were the bills you mention?


      OK, one of the bills was still in the old tennants name, as he has not got it changed, plus the fact he had moved overseas and I had not been given any details of where to send the £, until 2 weeks had passed. I was also unable to inspect the property until 2 weeks after he had moved out as I was on holiday. So I was not purposly withholding the money, just making sure everything was as it should be before I returned the deposit money.


        I'd agree with him. And if you can't check the property yourself you need to get someone else to do it for you.

        This will also be in your interests, as saying you found a problem with the property two or four weeks after the tenant moved out doesn't really count for much.


        Latest Activity


        • Buy to let research
          Hello fellow LandlordZone members,

          I am working on a product/platform that will give buy to let landlords/property investors increased control and financial clarity over their portfolios. There is limited research into the actual behaviour and knowledge within this area and I would therefore...
          22-01-2018, 09:19 AM
        • Competitive rent cuts
          I'm still trying to let the flat with the green tiles. This was let in its un-renovated state for £700 in 2010, so I think £850 is reasonable now. Trouble is that there is an equivalent flat here in Reading that has been on the market since November for £795. Another one has just gone on the market...
          21-01-2018, 00:24 AM
        • Reply to Competitive rent cuts
          Is that a storage heater in the hallway? I don't see the favoured words GFCH in the details - this could well be the problem of having it on the market in January.
          Could last tenants have left because they could not face another winter there?
          22-01-2018, 09:10 AM
        • Reply to Competitive rent cuts
          lol. I recently completed a complete refurb in magnolia, only for the boss to decide (in collusion with the 'selected' tenant) that it all needed to be shades of grey and a pink bedroom for her daughter,

          of course I did as I was told, grumbling all the way, BUT to be honest (and as she...
          22-01-2018, 09:01 AM
        • Rent late because of “Hacked bank account”
          late Rent after only 3 months (just after Xmas - odd that!) and my LA firstly didn’t inform me, and now say that it’s because the tenants have had their bank account hacked.
          would it be confrontational for me to ask for a letter of confirmation from the bank re the hacking issue?. Have had...
          10-01-2018, 11:19 AM
        • Reply to Rent late because of “Hacked bank account”
          if you're in the northeast of England or northwest London, please PM me the agent's name... otherwise, thanks for sharing!
          22-01-2018, 08:51 AM
        • Reply to Rent late because of “Hacked bank account”
          I did check with a solicitor. The advice was that until I was out of pocket I could do nothing. The AST stood. If tenants had not paid rent and I had made some form of loss I could sue agent for it. I was not happy at the time. Fortunately tenant was OK. I now tell everyone locally never ever to use...
          22-01-2018, 08:46 AM
        • Partner as Permitted occupier worries
          Lauren 1234
          Hi all

          Apologies if this has been answered somewhere but u have looked everywhere and can' find an answer!!

          My current landlord is selling their property so I have put an app in for a new one. I have been renting on my own for three years and not caused any problems my credit...
          21-01-2018, 12:28 PM
        • Reply to Partner as Permitted occupier worries
          Credit ref checks are only required for signatory Ts or Guarantor, but as LL I would credit ref anyone wishing to reside in my property. Explain to LL/LA in writng (dated) that you apply as sole T, but you wish your named partner/bf as permtted occupier. LL can reject your T applicaiion.
          22-01-2018, 01:49 AM
        • tenant hasn't paid last months rent
          Hi there I am in a bit of a weird situation. Basically, 1 month ago I handed my section 21 notice to the tenant to leave the property. the T should be moving out of the property mid February. The T has always paid on time and kept the house in a good and clean condition. However when I checked to see...
          21-01-2018, 13:25 PM