Deposit - scotland 2009

  • Filter
  • Time
  • Show
Clear All
new posts

    Deposit - scotland 2009

    Hi there would appreciate any input.

    We had a tenant move in, in November 2009 (we're in Scotland) he paid £550 in deposit. He just now left the property after serving 30 days notice, he left in December 2014. He's called us out a few times about the boiler which we had fixed promptly, the toilet was blocked once - we sorted that. Anyway on checkout after she had all her things removed there was major damage caused by damp, we had it assessed and were told it was condensation damp, wall paper peeling off in the bedrooms and the bathroom ceiling is black with mold. He also broke the front door to a point where it cannot be opened, the whole door needs replacing and quotes so far are coming to £500. He never once told us about the mold problem or the door, we lived in the property 2 years before and we didn't have any mold problems and the door was fine. He has been using the backdoor to get into the property. The tenant continued to stay in the property and we never renewed the agreement.

    Anyway we have to get the flat professionally cleaned, wall papered in some parts, repainted and the door being replaced. This is going to cost us a lot more than the deposit he paid. anyway the deposit was not put into any scheme as I don't think it was the law back then.. I'm not sure, should we have? Agh. We have pictures of the property when he moved in and now that prove the difference which is way more than wear and tear. Anyway we are now receiving threatening messages on our phone.

    What should we do?

    Pay him in full promptly. & politely & pray he doesn't sue for 3xdeposit penalty.
    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...


      You should really know the law and legislation that you need to adhere to if you're going to be a responsible landlord. Very poor on your behalf.

      I've just had a read of how it applies in Scotland. All deposits had to be in a scheme from 2013 regardless of when the tenancy started, the possible penalty instigated by the tenant is the depost and 3 X the deposit amount.
      "I'm afraid I didn't do enough background checks apart from checking her identity on Facebook" - ANON

      What I say is based on my own experience and research - Please don't take as gospel without first checking the gospel yourself.


      Latest Activity


      • Reply to Labour taxation plans
        by SouthernDave
        The limited company system has been abused for too long by people trying to save on tax by claiming they are a company. I know loads of people of set themselves up as limted companies and have now been caught by IR35. They have spoiled it for those of us who have proper companies to rub who used to...
        22-01-2022, 17:55 PM
      • Labour taxation plans
        by steaming
        Rachel Reeves R4 this am told the interviewer that Labour (when in power) would raise money by taxing those with BTL property much more than at present, she opined it was wrong that “they” were “getting away with it”. No challenge from BBC or fact check as to present tax. You are warned.
        20-01-2022, 16:55 PM
      • Reply to Greetings, I Come in Peace
        by SouthernDave
        I thought the main issue of taking a tenant on UC is not so much the fact they are receiving benefits, but the fact that its a pain in the proverbial to evict as the council tell them to sot tight until forced out by bailiffs....
        22-01-2022, 17:47 PM
      • Greetings, I Come in Peace
        by AVJ113
        Hello all, I am a prospective landlord. I will be arranging my first mortgage in principle today as a start to my evil buy-to-let empire. As a total newb, what would be the one piece of advice you would give after your years of experience as a landlord?
        20-01-2022, 07:24 AM
      • Reply to Cheapskate landlord wants to end tenancy
        by AndrewDod
        I think you need to ask whether he/she is responsible for the things you say, and whether these warrant immediate attention as you think they do:

        a) leaking shower - what do you mean exactly. Leak from where, when...
        b) broken burglar alarm - what is broken? What does your contract...
        22-01-2022, 16:59 PM
      • Cheapskate landlord wants to end tenancy
        by Lucylou99
        Hi just after some advice. I have been renting the property for 4.5 years, 4 of those with a fantastic landlord and 6 months with a new landlord. When he took over he immediately increased the rent by 25%, annoying but perfectly within his rights. The main issue is maintainance and repairs. I cant report...
        21-01-2022, 22:11 PM
      • Reply to Occupational rent to an executor.
        by Lawcruncher
        It is in the nature of co-ownership that each owner owns the whole and each is therefore entitled to occupy the whole. The sister's right.therefore is not to receive rent but to occupy the property as well. If the sister does not want to share occupation but wants some benefit then, keeping things simple,...
        22-01-2022, 16:08 PM
      • Occupational rent to an executor.
        by Yoda 111
        I am currently living in my deceased mother's house which I have lived in for 46 years my sister is the executor of the Will. My mother died in February 2020 so nearly 2 years ago and now my sister want's to charge me occupational rent from the time of death up until grant of probate was granted may...
        20-01-2022, 19:44 PM
      • Reply to Greetings, I Come in Peace
        by AVJ113
        Not at all, it's all very informative, thank you. I think I might opt out of criterion 3 though, I'm not a pie and chips man myself....
        22-01-2022, 15:20 PM
      • Reply to Charity Opening up house next door as Temp Housing
        by jpkeates
        Whatever happened to innocent people co-operating with the authorities so that other people aren't abused?...
        22-01-2022, 15:17 PM