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Part Protected Deposit

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A colleague of mine, after renting the same house for 8 years, is having the usual troubles in getting the deposit back.

At this point, 17 days after leaving, they know that the landlord and letting agent want to make deductions however no indication as to how much. Clearly one for the TDS after that length of time, in addition they paid in advance for 6 months and were contractually assured to receive a refund for one month outstanding.

What makes this interesting is that the deposit was only part protected. £60 was not protected so I wanted to understand if there was a possible claim for non-protection with the recent changes in law (the remaining £60 was protected after the tenancy ended).

The law tends to be black and white and my logic would be that if part protection were acceptable then a landlord could protect £1 and not the rest, clearly it's the other end of the scale here however is there any precedent for this sort of thing. Given how the agents and landlord are treating them it's 'gloves off' so what are their options?

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