Small Error Sees Landlord Thousands Of Pounds Out Of Pocket

19 November 2012 Categories: News

Small Error Sees Landlord Thousands Of Pounds Out Of Pocket

In a landmark case at the Court of Appeal this week, a landlord was ordered to return his tenant’s deposit plus the maximum penalty of three times the amount of the deposit simply because of an oversight with regards to the information he provided about the tenancy deposit protection scheme being used. The tenant was in the process of being evicted from the property in question when he claimed the landlord was in no position to do so having not complied with the rules of deposit protection.

The tenant claimed that he had not been given all relevant information about the protection scheme, even though it was available in an easy-to-obtain information leaflet, and while the landlord agreed there had been ‘minor omissions’ it was stated that the tenant had suffered in no way as a result.

The case was first heard at a lower court where the landlord won the case, but following a tenant appeal, the Court of Appeal overturned the original verdict and awarded the victory to the tenant. The total cost to the landlord has not been revealed however it is thought to be in the thousands.