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    7 days to return check out inspection or forfeit deposit?


    I've recently moved out of a property and I completed a checking out list. I'm losing about £20 of my deposit which is fair and I agree with the inventory and schedule of condition. I'm about to sign and return it but I noticed this clause at the bottom:

    'Please note that due to goverment legislation your deposit will not be returned unless this inventory is checked, signed and returned to us within 7 days of receipt.'

    Now this isn't a problem this time as I've got 5 days from the date of the letter still and I can return it recorded tomorrow. However I was wondering, does this hold true with all deposits? is there that tight a deadline for you to return your check out deadline and if so do the normal postal rules apply (served 2 days after sent by first class post)?

    It just seems open to abuse to me.

    Thanks all.

    This is utter and complete rubbish.
    You are not required to sign the check out inventory, even less return it within 7 days.

    The requirement is for the landlord to either return your deposit promptly in full or to propose deductions, which he must be able to justify.


      Sounds like a ploy to pressure T into accepting deductions under the fear of losing the rest!
      I'm a good tenant with great landlords
      I'm also a living, breathing, fully cooked female.


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