Represent Law has obtained a judgment at Wandsworth County court against a landlord who failed to protect two joint tenants' deposit.
The landlord argued that the tenants weren't tenants but rather licensees and as such their deposit didn't need to be protected in accordance with the provisions of s.213 of the Housing Act 2004.
The judge dismissed the landlord's arguments and found that the claimants had exclusive possession, for a term and for a rent thereby meeting the requirement for a tenancy and as such any deposit taken needed to be protected.
The judge ordered the landlord to pay £3,660 in respect of the claim and £790 for costs.
If your landlord has not protected your tenancy deposit or if your landlord won't give your deposit back, contact Represent Law today.
Represent Law has obtained a pre-trial settlement of £21,922 for four former tenants in a deposit protection claim under s.214(4) of the Housing Act 2004.
The tenants vacated the property and despite the landlord's promises that he would return the deposit, he didn't leading the tenants to seek legal advice from Represent Law who discovered that their deposit had never been protected.
The landlord defended stating that he had a disrepair claim and the tenants had agreed to settle the claim by using the deposit to pay the last month's rent. Represent Law challenged this defence and achieved a settlement of £16,716 for the claim and £5,206 for costs.
This is a fantastic result and again shows that tenants have significant powers to seek redress. If you are in the same position, contact Represent Law today to see if we can help you with your renting problems.