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Comment on Ask SafeDeposits: Can I use the deposit for rent arrears?

Ask SafeDeposits: Can I use the deposit for rent arrears?

Posted on Thursday 5th of October 2017

Yes, you can deduct any unpaid rent from your tenant's deposit, as long as this is specified in the tenancy agreement. If you want to claim for rent arrears and the tenant disagrees and refers the repayment to a scheme's adjudication service, the adjudicator will consider the following: What is the claim for? For example, rent arrears, cleaning, etc. What are the tenant's obligations in the tenancy agreement? The deposit clause in the tenancy agreement must specify...Read More

Comment on We dig deeper into unclaimed deposits

We dig deeper into unclaimed deposits

Posted on Tuesday 3rd of October 2017

Most tenants claim their deposits back after they move out, but, as hard as it is to believe, a surprising number don't. We decided to dig deeper into our figures and have discovered that renters in some cities are more forgetful than others. The top five cities in Scotland for unclaimed deposits are: Edinburgh City: 919 deposits, worth £219,559.34 Glasgow City: 417 deposits, worth £113,422.99 Aberdeen City: 246 deposits, worth £73,023.66 Fife: 245 deposits, worth...Read More

Comment on Ask SafeDeposits: If I'm renting a flat while I'm at university, should my deposit be protected?

Ask SafeDeposits: If I'm renting a flat while I'm at university, should my deposit be protected?

Posted on Friday 29th of September 2017

If you're renting somewhere to live from a private landlord or letting agent and pay them a deposit, your money should be protected with a tenancy deposit scheme. This includes if you've moved somewhere new for college or university and are renting while you're a student. The landlord or letting agent will usually ask you to pay a deposit before you move in, then they legally have to transfer your money to a tenancy deposit scheme within 30 working days of the tenancy start date. The...Read More

Comment on Ask SafeDeposits: What should I do if only one tenant is moving out?

Ask SafeDeposits: What should I do if only one tenant is moving out?

Posted on Thursday 21st of September 2017

If only one of your tenants in a joint tenancy is moving out, we have a tenant changeover function to help. This means we can remove the outgoing tenant from the deposit account, including repaying them any amount they're owed, and move the remaining tenant's portion of the deposit to a new deposit account. If a new tenant is moving in to replace the outgoing tenant, you can also add their details and pay their portion of the deposit as part of the tenant changeover process. Please note...Read More

Comment on Scottish Housing Day

Scottish Housing Day

Posted on Thursday 21st of September 2017

21st September 2017 is Scottish Housing Day, a day dedicated to getting the message out about the different housing options available in Scotland, and dispelling myths about buying, renting and being a tenant. There are many different ways to access housing. The Scottish Housing Day website has information about the different types of housing that are available to rent and buy in Scotland, including: Local authority housing Housing association or co-operative housing Renting...Read More

Comment on Ask SafeDeposits: Do I need to protect a deposit if my tenant is family?

Ask SafeDeposits: Do I need to protect a deposit if my tenant is family?

Posted on Friday 15th of September 2017

The Tenancy Deposit Schemes (Scotland) Regulations 2011 covers tenancies which the landlord registration provisions in the Antisocial Behaviour etc. (Scotland) Act 2004 apply. This means if a landlord is required to register with the local authority, and takes a deposit from their tenant, that landlord must also protect the deposit with a tenancy deposit scheme. This includes landlords of assured and short assured tenancies, university accommodation, as well as various other types of...Read More