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Hi,Wondered if I can get some help. Years ago I paid a deposit to a lettings agency which was then put into a tenancy protetion scheme. My rented property was subsequently sold to new buyers and I had a new tenancy contract direct with them, the lettings agents having nothing to do with it but I assumed my deposit was transfered from them by my old landlord to the new one.

 

I've since left the property and on trying to get my deposit back the new owners have told me they haven't ever seen my deposit and know nothing about it. The lettings company still has it and on me asking for it back are being very akward about it which prompted me to check with the protection schemes.

 

It also appears that my deposit was transferred out from the original TPS years ago and never put into a new one, as the TPS the lettings agents deal with have no record of me or the property. I assume if the lettings agents went out of business i would of lost my deposit? Isn't it a legal requirement that this money should of been protected or given back to me? I'm annoyed at this but am guessing aslong as I get it back that's the most I can hope for?

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Hi,Wondered if I can get some help. Years ago I paid a deposit to a lettings agency which was then put into a tenancy protetion scheme. My rented property was subsequently sold to new buyers and I had a new tenancy contract direct with them, the lettings agents having nothing to do with it but I assumed my deposit was transfered from them by my old landlord to the new one.

 

I've since left the property and on trying to get my deposit back the new owners have told me they haven't ever seen my deposit and know nothing about it. The lettings company still has it and on me asking for it back are being very akward about it which prompted me to check with the protection schemes.

 

It also appears that my deposit was transferred out from the original TPS years ago and never put into a new one, as the TPS the lettings agents deal with have no record of me or the property. I assume if the lettings agents went out of business i would of lost my deposit? Isn't it a legal requirement that this money should of been protected or given back to me? I'm annoyed at this but am guessing aslong as I get it back that's the most I can hope for?

 

Have you checked with all of the 3 schemes? Also, it is the LL who has the responsibility to secure the dep, not the Agent. If it has not been secured, you need to write a letter to the Agent and LL, enclosing copies of the emails from the schemes showing your dep is not secured with them and say you are giving them 14 days to return the dep. After the 14 days file in local civil court. Now, as long as they pay the dep back before the first hearing the LL does not pay the 3 times penalty. This action gives them a boot up the ass a lot of the time!

There are letters in the threads to send to the LL so check them out, as they are written purely for this purpose.

All advice is based on my experiences. I am NOT qualified and as such cannot be held responsible for any mistakes. If in doubt...get professional help.

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Some helpful links

I have been successful in many cases..here are links to some

Housing Act and deposits: http://www.consumeractiongroup.co.uk/forum/showthread.php?266260-Deposit-being-withheld.-Please-advise&highlight=

Against Natwest: http://www.consumeractiongroup.co.uk/forum/showthread.php?278646-N-west-v-Mrsfoot-s-Son.-***WON_ALL-CHARGES-REFUNDED***&highlight=

Against Swift Advances: http://www.consumeractiongroup.co.uk/forum/showthread.php?46576-Me-V-Swift&highlight=

Against B&Q: http://www.consumeractiongroup.co.uk/forum/showthread.php?172878-Me-vs-B-amp-Q&highlight=

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Have you checked with all of the 3 schemes? Also, it is the LL who has the responsibility to secure the dep, not the Agent. If it has not been secured, you need to write a letter to the Agent and LL, enclosing copies of the emails from the schemes showing your dep is not secured with them and say you are giving them 14 days to return the dep. After the 14 days file in local civil court. Now, as long as they pay the dep back before the first hearing the LL does not pay the 3 times penalty. This action gives them a boot up the ass a lot of the time!

There are letters in the threads to send to the LL so check them out, as they are written purely for this purpose.

 

Thanks thought it might be the case that I'd be out of luck getting anything more than my deposit back. I'll give them a few more days and send the letter as you suggested.

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Hi,sorry to jump into this thread I was just wondering if anyone can help me,I'm on a 6month shorthold tenancy agreement which is due to end 23rd march, my landlord has just informed me that he wishes to obtain possession of the property again,however having just missed the 2month notice period which is required to end tenancy agreement he has said that he will let me stay till 23rd of April on a periodic tenancy which is well over the 2month notice required,I am not behind in payments nor can I think of any reason why he doesn't want to renew tenancy,can he do this without a valid reason?

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Hi,sorry to jump into this thread I was just wondering if anyone can help me,I'm on a 6month shorthold tenancy agreement which is due to end 23rd march, my landlord has just informed me that he wishes to obtain possession of the property again,however having just missed the 2month notice period which is required to end tenancy agreement he has said that he will let me stay till 23rd of April on a periodic tenancy which is well over the 2month notice required,I am not behind in payments nor can I think of any reason why he doesn't want to renew tenancy,can he do this without a valid reason?

 

Unfortunately he can and does not need to give a reason. No harm in asking whether he would consider letting you stay on a month to month tenancy.

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