We have found that students are one group of renters who suffer a lot from the landlords’ failure to deal with tenancy deposits correctly. Whether this is because there is usually a number of students that have contributed to the deposit we are not sure.
Whatever the reason, many student landlords do not do things right.
As students, you might rent more than one property during the period of time you are studying. There is every chance that you will continue renting after you have finished full time education. If you have trouble getting your deposits back each time that will quickly amount to a lot of money.
Remember, if your landlord has failed to correctly protect your deposit you are entitled to be paid a statutory penalty, whether you are still living in the property or not or whether you got your deposit back or not. One of the reasons for tenants not wanting to enforce their rights is because they still live in the property and might plan to be there for some time. They do not want to upset their landlords.
Clearly, this is not an issue for the vast majority of students. It is usual for you to move around fairly regularly from property to property so that this will be less of an issue for you.
The process itself is very straightforward. We do all the work on your behalf and we ensure that you do not have to speak to the landlord at all about the deposit legislation breach. If the matter does have to go to court via one of our panel solicitors (which does not happen often) the solicitors will represent you throughout on a “no win – no fee” basis. No tenant has ever had to give evidence at court and, so far, Tenant Protect has not lost a case.
We appreciate that the thought of getting involved in court proceedings can be daunting for anybody, and especially so for students, but by taking action yourself you will not only receive a mandatory statutory penalty but you will also help future students be properly protected.
If, as is often the case, your Mum or Dad paid the deposit on your behalf, it is almost certain that they will be able to bring the claim for the statutory penalty, rather than you having to bring it in your own name. If your Mum or Dad did pay your deposit then please get them to contact us so that we can explain everything to them.