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Help me with returning deposit please?

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I shared a house with 3 other guys last year, we paid £250 deposit each which was due back on 1st July, since then he's kept delaying and delaying and saying it'll be in the post next week and passing… Read More
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7y, 8m agoPosted 7 years, 8 months ago
I shared a house with 3 other guys last year, we paid £250 deposit each which was due back on 1st July, since then he's kept delaying and delaying and saying it'll be in the post next week and passing me onto his son (one of the three i lived with) and the son passes me back again,

i've just had £1000 taken out of my account from some tool trying to steal my ID so i desperately need the cash while this is getting sorted

I don't think the money was put into a deposit scheme (certainly we weren't informed of one) and it's got past the 2 month point now which i think is completely unreasonable
what action can i take to resolve this quickly?
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7y, 8m agoPosted 7 years, 8 months ago
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#1
This information applies to England and Wales

Most landlords and letting agents ask tenants for a deposit as security against damage or non-payment of rent. It is reasonable for your landlord to take money off the deposit to cover, for example, damage to the property or furniture, or missing items. But they should return the rest of your deposit, once things like these have been taken into account.

If you paid your deposit on or after 6 April 2007, your deposit will be protected by new rules. These say that your landlord must put your deposit in a tenancy deposit protection scheme. At the end of the tenancy, you are guaranteed to get your deposit back within 10 days, as long as you and your landlord have agreed on how much you should get back.

If you don't agree on how much you should get back, there's a free service which you and your landlord can use to help sort out your disagreement.

However, landlords don't have to use a tenancy deposit protection scheme for deposits paid before 6 April 2007. If you paid a deposit before this date and your landlord won't pay it back, see if you can come to an agreement with them. You can get help to do this from an experienced adviser, for example at a Citizens Advice Bureau.

If that doesn't work, your only option is to take your landlord to court. If you're in this position, you should get advice.

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http://www.adviceguide.org.uk/index/family_parent/housing/faq_index_housing/faq_housing_landlord_refuses_to_return_deposit.htm
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Im sure i read somewhere that it had to be put into a scheme.

CAB?

Court?

2 routes i would go
#3
Starr
Im sure i read somewhere that it had to be put into a scheme.

CAB?

Court?

2 routes i would go


CAB first with the looks of it, just had a really rubbish couple of days and i've lost my patience with this guy, supposed to own his own business but he doesn't know how to do internet banking so has to send cheques?
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eca07mc
CAB first with the looks of it, just had a really rubbish couple of days and i've lost my patience with this guy, supposed to own his own business but he doesn't know how to do internet banking so has to send cheques?


To be honest he is prob talking out his ass, who deals with cheques these days?

Is it too far for you to go round his place and pick it up?


Know how you feel on the ID side of thigs, got done for 600 last week, all back now though, just hassle :x
#5
cosh.
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starsparkle2311
what does that mean?


Use a cosh and go round his house?











Maybe
#7
we privately rented before 2007 and our landlord did a runner with the £500 bond we paid. He harassed us whilst we lived there and broke the tenacy agreement by selling the house when we still lived there and kicking us out!! It was a nightmare, but we thought losing the £500 was better than our minds!!
When we left the house we got our stuff from out the loft and found loads of paperwork from the landlord's past where he had botched kitchens and people were suing him, and he had loads of prangs in his car and was trying to blame other drivers- there were loads of them!!
He was a rip off merchant but as we were leaving the government were after him (tax evasion I think) so hopefully they got him!!! lol

As for you predicament, you haven't told us if you paid it him before the date 2007 or after? I'm assuming after, so I think you should tell him that he should have put it into a special account and that if he hasn't he's broken the law. Also, I wonder if he was declaring the rent as earnings? Did you have a proper rent book, or was it cash in hand, and did he sign for the money if it was cash in hand and give you a receipt?
#8
If he didn't put your deposit in a protected scheme and isn't returning it you're entitled to take it to court and claim for three times the amount back. I know it doesn't help your immediate situation but perhaps contact the three main deposit schemes to check if it was registered, and if not, threaten legal action unless it's returned within seven days.
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