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Comment on Ask SafeDeposits: Can a deposit be transferred between deposit accounts?

Ask SafeDeposits: Can a deposit be transferred between deposit accounts?

Posted on Thursday 16th of November 2017

When a landlord or letting agent has multiple properties a tenant might want to move from one property into another. We're often asked if the address on the deposit account can be updated to the new address, or if the money can be transferred from one deposit account into another. Unfortunately we can't change an address or transfer funds internally within a user's account because the Tenancy Deposit Schemes (Scotland) Regulations 2011 require a deposit to be repaid from the scheme...Read More

Comment on Ask SafeDeposits: Who can claim the deposit back?

Ask SafeDeposits: Who can claim the deposit back?

Posted on Friday 10th of November 2017

After a tenancy comes to an end, either the landlord (or their letting agent) or tenant can log in to the SafeDeposits website to enter a repayment request. This will confirm how the deposit should be repaid (e.g. if the full amount should be repaid to the tenant, or if any should be paid to the landlord for rent arrears, cleaning, etc.). How quickly should a repayment request be entered? A repayment request can be entered on the same day as the tenancy ends. There is no legal time frame...Read More

Comment on Ask SafeDeposits: Who is liable for unpaid utility bills?

Ask SafeDeposits: Who is liable for unpaid utility bills?

Posted on Friday 3rd of November 2017

It's not uncommon for unpaid utility bills to be left behind after a tenant moves out - but is it the landlord or tenant who should foot the bill? This depends on what's specified in the tenancy agreement and whose name is registered with the utility companies. If the landlord is registered with the utility companies If the bills are in the landlord's name, the tenant can pay the landlord directly for the utilities they use. This should be outlined in the tenancy agreement and means the...Read More

Comment on Ask SafeDeposits: I don't know if my deposit has been protected - what should I do?

Ask SafeDeposits: I don't know if my deposit has been protected - what should I do?

Posted on Friday 27th of October 2017

How do I know if my deposit has been protected? Your landlord has 30 working days from the tenancy start date to transfer your deposit to a government-approved tenancy deposit scheme, and provide you with particular key information. The key information should include the name and contact details of the tenancy deposit scheme which protects your money. After they have received your deposit, the scheme will also send you a deposit protection certificate to confirm your money is...Read More

Comment on Ask SafeDeposits: I'm moving in with friends - if they break something, will I have to pay for it?

Ask SafeDeposits: I'm moving in with friends - if they break something, will I have to pay for it?

Posted on Thursday 12th of October 2017

Who is liable for damage will be dependent on whether there is one tenancy agreement signed by everyone or if each of the tenants sign separate tenancy agreements. If you're yet to move in you should contact your agent/landlord to find out which one of these will be relevant to your tenancy. Joint tenancy agreements If you sign a joint tenancy agreement with other people, you're all liable for each other's actions during that tenancy. The contract is signed by everyone and...Read More

Comment on Ask SafeDeposits: How do I check and agree to an inventory?

Ask SafeDeposits: How do I check and agree to an inventory?

Posted on Thursday 7th of September 2017

When you move in to a new home, make sure there's a detailed inventory which you agree with. If something is already broken or dirty when you move in but it isn't written on the inventory, you could end up having to pay for it when you move out. What is an inventory? An inventory is a list of everything in the property when you move in (for example, furniture, décor, fixtures and fitting, etc.) and the condition they're in (for example, 'brand new, never...Read More