According to statistics released by the Tenancy Deposit Scheme (TDS), September 21st 2017 was to be busier than normal for landlords dealing with the end of tenancies. On the third Thursday in September 2016, TDS saw 18,000 tenancies coming to an end, compared to the average of 1,300. No doubt the increase arises from the end of existing student lets and the start of the new university year but, at the end of any tenancy, landlords and agents must ensure their check-out process is in order and the tenants aware of their responsibilities prior to expiry of the tenancy.
TDS have released a guide to assist with the closing of tenancies for all parties involved.
Whilst the TDS can adjudicate disputes relating to the return of the deposit to the tenant, a number of landlords continue to face problems with the protection of the tenancy deposit and rent arrears disputes which may require determination by the Court. If any issue arises in this respect, please give me a call on 0113 2444227 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
We see many disputes where a few simple steps taken before the end of the tenancy could avoid problems later on. Tools like our new guide and the deposit deduction template provide a solid structure and basis for end of tenancy procedures and to improve deduction negotiations. If tenants better understand the reasons for deductions at an early stage and can see the justification for them, they are much more likely to agree