When renting out a property, most landlords opt to take a deposit from the tenant before the tenancy starts. The deposit offers a level of protection to landlords and means that should the tenant breach the terms of the tenancy agreement, such as causing damage or not paying rent, appropriate deductions can be made from the deposit. But what are the main causes for landlord and tenant disputes?
Fresh research by ARLA Propertymark (formerly the Association of Residential Letting agents) has revealed the truth behind why landlords may not return part – or all – of deposits to tenants, in order to cover costs.
The study found that the most common cause of a tenancy deposit dispute in the private rented property sector is cleaning, with 88% of letting agents surveyed identifying this as a major contributing factor as to why a deduction was made to the tenancy deposit.