If your landlord hasn’t protected your deposit and provided the required information within 30 days, they can be taken to the county court and it can be more difficult for them to end your tenancy.
County court penalties
If your landlord does not comply with the rules, you can make an application to the county court to order that:
- your deposit is protected or returned to you and/or
- you are paid compensation of between 1 and 3 times the amount of the deposit.
Click here to read more about tenancy deposit compensation claims.
Restrictions on eviction
If your landlord does not comply with the rules, there are also restrictions on how they can evict you.
Normally, landlords of assured shorthold tenants can evict a tenant by giving a minimum of two months’ notice and then getting a court order without having to show a reason. This is sometimes known as the ‘section 21 notice procedure’.
However, if your landlord has not complied with the tenancy deposit protection rules, then they may be restricted from using this procedure.
Click here to read more about restrictions on eviction.