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    Deposit return from landlord who won't respond

    I have rented the property for 8 years, starting July 2006 via a letting agent. In September 2008 the landlord wrote to me asking me to write to the letting agent to request transfer of management and deposit to him directly. In this letter he stated the deposit would be registered in accordance with the Tenancy Deposit Scheme. I duly obliged and heard no more.

    I have now given notice and requested a copy of the deposit registration certificate as no information was provided at the time of handover. My landlord is not responding to my emails (I have sent 3 now) and with only a week to our last day of tenancy I have no details of when the check out is being performed (I also requested these details in my notice letter and was told I need to be present to return the keys and sign the report).

    I have contacted all 3 deposit protection schemes who have come back saying they have no record of my deposit although with no definite start date it is hard to search (I also received no new contract as promised at the transfer of management to my landlord).

    Can anyone help me with what I should do? Without details of the scheme the deposit is registered with, I fear it will be hard to get my deposit returned in a timely fashion. Other recently departed tenants waited in excess of 2 months and only got their deposits returned by camping on his doorstep and repeatedly chasing by telephone - not something I can do as I have moved some distance away.

    Thanks to anyone who can help!

    #2
    Follow the steps in the link below. There are sample letters to send to your landlord.

    http://england.shelter.org.uk/get_ad...es?src=hpban-s

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      #3
      I doubt he'll respond to that either, my question is what to do if still no response?

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        #4
        Sue the b*st*rd through small claims... see...
        http://england.shelter.org.uk/get_ad...posit_returned
        I am legally unqualified: If you need to rely on advice check it with a suitable authority - eg a solicitor specialising in landlord/tenant law...

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          #5
          Originally posted by hillcrest View Post
          I doubt he'll respond to that either, my question is what to do if still no response?
          That's a process, not an action.
          You continue through the process.
          When I post, I am expressing an opinion - feel free to disagree, I have been wrong before.
          Please don't act on my suggestions without checking with a grown-up (ideally some kind of expert).

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            #6
            Tenancy hasn't even ended yet guys. AFAIK 2006 deposits weren't obliged to be protected. Periodic tenancy also may be exempt if it started in January 2007.

            I would suggest O/P not be so confrontational with his landlord, lest it results in him getting less deposit returned than he otherwise would.

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