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  • #16
    Originally posted by JCAMPER View Post
    Hi when you say the Deposit Protection Regs what do you mean, when she started with me she did not have a bond, however we have now built a bond up to £160 over 6 months the rent being £350pcm.unfortunatly she lost her job and has been difficult ever since. it really annoys me when someone does not reply to you for over a week.
    Any money, even paid in instalments, which is identified as a deposit or bond, must be lodged in a deposit protection scheme and the information from that scheme provided to the tenant. This must be done withing 30 days of receipt of the deposit funds. If you have not lodged the deposit monies, you are in breach of the regulations. You cannot serve a valid S21 at all unless you return the full deposit value to the tenant first. You also open yourself to a legal challenge from the tenant for 1-3x the deposit value for non-compliance with the protection laws. Even returning the deposit now does not remove the chance that tenant could claim this any time up to 6 years on ...

    As for tenant not replying for over a week, tenants have lives too - could be a perfectly reasonable reason; illness, holiday, family crisis etc.

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    • #17
      Originally posted by JCAMPER View Post
      1. 5 Permit the Landlord or the Landlord’s employees or agents to enter the Premises at all reasonable times to inspect the same and the Landlord’s furniture and effects therein (if any) and to carry out any works of maintenance or repair to the Premises or elsewhere which the Landlord may consider to be necessary
      The key word here is in bold above - you need the tenant's permission. They can refuse this and the only way to enforce entry is to take them to court.

      If she is agreeing at the moment for you to enter on Thursday, wait and see what happens then - innocent until proven guilty!

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      • #18
        Originally posted by JCAMPER View Post
        1. 5 Permit the Landlord or the Landlord’s employees or agents to enter the Premises at all reasonable times to inspect the same and the Landlord’s furniture and effects therein (if any) and to carry out any works of maintenance or repair to the Premises or elsewhere which the Landlord may consider to be necessary
        So you write to the tenant saying that you will be accessing the flat under Sec 1.5 of the tenancy agreement, as well as under the section of the housing act mentioned by snorkerz.
        Allow tenants to protect their own deposits. I want free money when they do it wrong

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