Where the landlord does not inform the tenant of the whereabouts of the deposit, the tenant can apply to the local courts. The courts can then order the landlord to either repay the deposit or get it protected.
If the courts wishes are not carried out within 14 days the landlord will be ordered to repay three times the amount of the deposit to the tenant within 10 days.
Futhermore where the deposit has not been protected the landlord can not evict the tenant using a Section 21. Therefore, by not securing the deposit you will not be able to get your house back and face a large fine.
- Private rented housing
Information about private rented housing in North West Leicestershire
- Rent deposit guarantee scheme
The rent deposit guarantee scheme is designed to assist people on benefits or a low income to afford the deposit and one month's rent in advance that most private landlords require. We know that it isn't easy trying to find this money. We may be able to help you. With the support of local private landlords North West Leicestershire District Council runs an interest free repayable Rent Deposit Scheme to help people with the initial costs.
- Find a privately rented home
A list of privately rented properties where the landlord is willing to consider tenants in receipt of housing benefit.