Landlords in the UK are required to use the DPS, which is a government approved scheme for protection of deposits. They need to do that no later than 30 days of receiving the deposit. They should inform you in detail about the DPS and write it in your contract that they have protected your money. Every landlord that fails to do that could be punished to pay the tenants for the inconvenience. The amount th at they should pay depends on the decision of the court. Usually your deposit should be requested by the scheme within 10 days.
You need to file a written request and to make sure there are no outstanding disputes between your landlord and you. In order to avoid such a dispute, you need to pay you rent on time and return the property in top notch condition.
Here are some of the things you need to do to insure that at the end of your tenancy you will get your money back.Here are some of the things you need to do to insure that at the end of your tenancy you will get your money back.
Check the inventory
At the beginning of you tenancy, your landlord should have issued you with a full list of all the furniture, appliances and condition of the property, which you should sign. At the end of your contract or when you decide to move, the landlord will check the property against the signed document. If there is anything missing or there is visible damage to the property besides the usual wear and tear, then you will most likely be charged for it. That is why it is very important to look after the property during your tenancy and at the end of it to clean it perfectly well.
End of tenancy cleaning
The end of tenancy cleaning should take place after you have moved out your personal belongings. It is usually stated in the contract whether you have to use professional cleaning agency or you can clean yourself. Whatever is written in your contract, you have to make sure that the property is perfectly clean. If you have to perform domestic cleaning, get yourself a checklist from a real estate agency and follow it when you clean. If your landlord is not available to check the property out on the day you move, make sure to take photographs of the condition the property was in when you left. This way, nobody can blame you for something that was not your fault.
Pay your rent on time
Always pay your rent on time so you don’t have any outstanding rent to pay before you move. Pay all your utility bills too as you may be penalized otherwise. The security deposit you have paid when you moved-in is the landlord’s guarantee that you will do all of the above before you move out. Otherwise, the deposit will be kept and if there are any damages or unpaid bills that the deposit cannot cover, you will most likely be taken to the civil court and you may be sentenced to pay a lot more than you owe.