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Mojos said: Posted on: 13/06/2016 19:36

We have just got rid of a tenant who had stopped paying rent (The local council payed us housing benefit instead) When the tenancy agreement was signed, on the 16th May 2015, We filled in the paperwork for Deposit Guard and placed his deposit of 575 in a separate bank account. We now find that we had erred in the paperwork and failed to pay into the scheme so we are not covered. The money is still in the bank account. He has, in twelve months, done some 500 plus worth of damage to a brand new flat. He has been to an national organisation, 'Riverside Homeless Floating Support Services'. They have visited the flat with him and they have been very aggressive towards us and are threatening to take us to court for breaking the law. We understand from the RLA that we could be liable to pay the tenant up to 3x time the deposit i.e. 1725.00 even though the tenant has suffered no loss. Has anyone else fallen foul of this legislation and been taken to Court?

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