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I thought our agent had protected our deposit but turns out perhaps she hasn't.

We got served notice in July and have just moved.

Now the agent has returned the balance of the deposit less around 50% for 'damage' and garden work required.

We moved there in 2009, the LL had a garndener employed up till June this year when he retired. We took on the mowing and tidied up the garden as best we could (gardener had given up almost 12 months ago).

Now they want money off us to do the garden and have deducted it from the deposit.

I don't think the agent has protected the deposit, do we have any recourse now we have moved?

TIA

Jim

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Protected deposit won't make any difference. The landlord will get back whatever he asks and the protected deposit people wont care less.

I've had two deposit disputes in the last 5 years, and I can tell you now that this isn't true.

The landlord has to make a case to withhold your deposit, and if there is any doubt about it, you will get the money back.

I recovered almost all of my deposit in both cases - the letting agents were just chancing their arm and had no appetite for a real fight.

Also, if your deposit hasn't been protected then I believe you are entitled to serious compensation, so explore that first!

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Protected deposit won't make any difference. The landlord will get back whatever he asks and the protected deposit people wont care less.

It`s more about the fact the deposit was not protected which is now a legal requirement

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Indeed. Send them an email asking for confirmation it was protected. Include a link that notes the penalties in place if its not.

Their response will be very telling.

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