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Hi, Just after a quick bit of advice, I've had a friend of my partner move in temporarily to help them out, which I took a deposit of them, but didn't put into a deposit scheme (I wasn't aware I needed too at the time). They've now moved out (after 4 months) but left a trail of destruction, bed destroyed, damage to carpets, etc. As I wanted to keep the deposit to replace the bed and carpet, they're now threatening me with a solicitor. Just wondering if these cases always go in the tenants favour as I haven't followed the guidelines or if it's worth fighting. All I can say is never again.
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None of that affects rhe LL's right to claim against the deposit itself for damage (rent arrears or whatever).
And if the damage costs exceed the amount of the deposit, the LL can sue in the small claims court.
The 'penalty' and 'claim' for damages are separate issues (though the cases may be heard together.
Treasure the moments that you have. Savour them for as long as you can for they will never come back again.
I've owned the property for 8 years and lived in it the whole time, they moved out yesterday after a 4 month stay.
Stop calling him a tenant if he wasn’t, that just muddies the waters. Although you do need to check you haven’t accidentally granted him a tenancy by putting a lock on his door and allowing him to refuse you access to his room, for example
Obviously there is no need to protect a lodger’s deposit and I’m mystified why you’d suggest otherwise!
Apologies. I got confused by lodgers being included along with tenants by the Tenant Fees Act. Though that in itself is confusing.....
In this guidance ‘tenant’ includes licensees.
So the limit on the size of a lodger's deposit is restricted by the TFA, but not the requirement to protect it.