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I'm sorry if this duplicates another post but I can't find anyone asking exactly my question...



We rented a property with an Assured Shorthold Tenancy on 10th Feb 2007, and we moved out on the 9th Feb 2010. After each 12 months we signed up for a further year, paid a £20 fee and were issued a new contract. I believe that in February 2008 that meant we were eligible for the Tenancy Deposit Scheme. However we didn't get any confirmation of this from the LL or LA until today (when I asked the LA who held the deposit). They have told us that our deposit is registered with the TDS.


We had a check-out inventory done on the 8th Feb and received the report the next day - which listed some damage etc but says clearly that this is due to length of tenancy, not actions of tenants.


The problem is that we haven't heard anything from the LL about any deductions etc, and the LA tells us that there is no time limit for the LL to agree anything. This seems to defeat the object of the Tenancy Deposit scheme as dif this is true the LL could just never agree anything.


I understand that we can start a dispute with TDS, but I gather that this will mean we won't be seeing our deposit for months.


Any advice on what to do next and if there is a timescale for the LL to agree something with us?



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If there is no dispute the deposit should be returned promptly, You should inform the TDS that the deposit has ended, and contact the LL directly requesting the deposit.


They do not have an indefinite time to judge whether they want to charge you. You are only just hitting 14 days, so don't worry too much.

Ex-Retail Manager who is happy to offer helpful advise in many consumer problems based on my retail experience. Any advise I do offer is my opinion and how I understand the law.

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