If your landlord hasn’t protected your security 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 contract.
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 security 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.
If you have a standard contract you can normally be evicted if the landlord gives a minimum of six months’ notice and then gets a court order. This can be done without the landlord having to give a reason. This is sometimes known as the ‘no fault’ eviction procedure’.
However, if your landlord has not complied with the deposit protection rules, then they cannot use the ‘no fault’ eviction procedure.
Click here to read more about restrictions on eviction.