Security Deposit Law pre - 2007

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    What was the law coverring security deposits before the new TDSs?

    Ive seen sites that suggest a landlord should be in contact within 14 days and similar sorts of things but they dont say where this comes from.

    I just need pointing in the right direction.


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    The law was extremely simple and effective; Any Tom, Dick or Harry could hold a tenant's deposit on the landlord's behalf, but most landlords did this themselves. When a tenancy ended and all or part of a deposit was not returned to the tenant, then if said tenant did not agree, he or she had recourse to the small claims court to recover this from the landlord. The court uses the same standards that (we expect) the tenancy disputes bodies to apply in detemining such disputes.

    Any information given in this post is based on my personal experience as a landlord, what I have learned from this and other boards and elsewhere. It is not to be relied on. Definitive advice is only available from a Solicitor or other appropriately qualified person.


    • #3
      I'm looking for any legislation that covered security deposits. Or was practice develloped through case law?


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