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Landlords, Start Registering Tenant Deposits

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Last Updated: 11/02/2016 13:29:06   Author: Eden Estates    Tags: Deposit Protection Service, DPS, Eden Estates, Tenant Law

Some 284,000 residential landlords in the UK have failed to protect renters’ deposits despite the fact that it is a legal requirement to do so, new research has found.
A report from the Centre for Economics and Business Research (Cebr) for financial comparison website money.co.uk says that these landlords are sitting on £514 million of deposits that should be protected by an official third party service.

With 4.6 million households privately rented and the average protected deposit at £1,040, the total value of deposits paid by tenants and placed in protection schemes by landlords has now reached £3.2 billion, the report claims.

Despite the risk of fines for landlords who fail to protect their tenants’ deposits, 15% are still failing to do so running the risk of a £2,400 penalty and the report adds that landlords that flout the rules could together be earning up to £8.5 million a year in interest on unprotected money, while leaving themselves and their tenants with no third party protection when their agreement comes to an end.

The government imposed deposit protection schemes to stop landlords unfairly taking money out of deposits for things such as wear and tear or pre-existing damage when tenants move on.

With this protection in place, an alternative dispute resolution scheme will step in and assess the case and make sure any money held back by the landlord is a fair deal for both the tenant and the landlord.

However, compliance with these rules are not being monitored effectively and the onus to report and take action against the landlord lies with the tenant, the report also explains.

‘While many landlords are doing the right thing and protecting deposits in one of the official government backed schemes, a worrying amount of money is falling through the cracks and far too many tenants are being left vulnerable,’ said Hannah Maundrell, editor in chief  of money.co.uk.

‘It’s not right that tenants are left responsible for taking their landlord to court if their deposit hasn’t been protected. The government needs to step in and take decisive action. Introducing a compulsory register listing every landlord that rents out property in England and Wales would be a start. This works for Scotland and Northern Ireland and it seems crazy this hasn’t been brought in across the UK,’ she explained.

‘Add in tenants’ ratings and reviews to this too and you have both the beginnings of a solution that helps renters make an informed choice about who they’re handing over buckets of cash to; and the foundation for policing landlords that are currently going unchecked,’ she added.

Maundrell also pointed out that it is not just renters that stand to benefit from deposits being protected. ‘Landlords need a safeguard against renters that misbehave too. I can’t understand why any landlord wouldn’t do this. It doesn’t have to cost anything to place money with a tenancy deposit scheme and could save so much hassle later on,’ she added.

The Children Need Your Vote

Last Updated: 26/06/2015 13:24:10   Author: Mr Aman Sirpal    Tags: Community Trust, Children, Climbing Frame, Funding, Whitemoor Lakes, Version 1, Eden Estates

Eden Estates Wolverhampton is collaborating with a company called Version 1 which delivers technology enabled solutions and services that transform our customers' businesses.

This quarter we have submitted an entry for funding.  It is for Whitemoor Lakes, a not-for-profit residential centre that caters for children from across the UK.   The key objective is for children to embrace the outdoors in a safe environment.

The centre is the preferred residential for schools:
• It enables children to participate in exciting and challenging activities in a safe and secure environment
• It allows children to get the enjoyment, special moments and personal gain from experiencing real activity
• Just as importantly, it builds self confidence and improved self esteem
• Pupils learn to accept and respect peoples differences (which can help change attitudes and values)
• It builds trusts and team spirit
Whitemoor Lakes helps develop children into responsible young adults.  This is a real gem in the community for developing children for the future.

Your Vote Counts!
I am seeking votes so Whitemoor Lakes can build a climbing frame to be used on the grounds of the centre.  The climbing frame is designed to cater 10 children and will include swing seats, a climbing wall, a sand pit and many more features.

The climbing frame will be used for children that are not of an age that can take advantage of the larger outdoor apparatus so this would enable them to participate and experience the outdoors as much as their older peers.

How To Vote!
To vote, simply go to:
• http://woobox.com/r3bvwy/vote/for/7793127
• All we ask is to vote and share the news with all friends, family and colleagues.
• The more votes, the greater chance of securing the £5,000 funds for Whitemoor Lakes
• All votes must be registered by TUESDAY 30TH JUNE

THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT