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Housing advice for Northern Ireland

Getting deposit back

Quando seu contrato termina o seu senhorio deve devolver o seu depósito de caução. O seu senhorio pode fazer deduções ao mesmo para qualquer aluguer não pago ou qualquer dano causado à propriedade ou ao mobiliário. Se não concordar com o valor que o senhorio deduz, deve tentar negociar. Se as negociações falharem, deve procurar aconselhamento no Tribunal de Pequenos Litígios (Small Claims Court).

Повечето наемодатели ще поискат депозит преди да се преместите в жилището. Депозит е обикновено месец под наем в аванс и дава на наемодателя сигурност в случай на повреда, кражба или забавяне на наема. Ако сте платили своя депозит на или след 1 април 2013 г. наемодателят ви трябва да регистрира депозита в разрешена наемно депозитна защитна схема, която е била одобрена от отдела за социално развитие.

A security deposit belongs to a tenant. You should look at this money in the same way that you would an insurance policy. You have no right to the money unless you have suffered a financial loss which was caused by the tenant failing to do something that he or she was contractually or legally obliged to do.

If you paid your deposit on or after 1 April 2013, your landlord must protect it in an approved tenancy deposit scheme. These schemes work a little differently for joint tenants. Even though you might have paid your portion of the deposit directly to the agent or landlord, the landlord will protect the full deposit for the tenancy as one payment. This normally means that only one tenant, the lead tenant, will have the power to start the dispute process if you disagree with how the landlord has returned the deposit at the end of the tenancy.

If you and the tenant cannot agree with how the deposit money should be returned, the tenants may take legal action against you in the Small Claims Court. You should try to resolve the issue outside of court, if you can.

A tenancy deposit is the tenant's money and should be returned at the end of the tenancy. The deadline for returning this depends on whether the deposit was protected or not. You can make deductions from this deposit where you have suffered a loss as a result of the tenants' action or inaction. However, a deposit cannot be used to reimburse you against normal wear and tear and any deductions made from the deposit must be justifiable in court.

Any deposit paid on or after 1 April 2013 must be protected in one of the 3 authorised Tenancy Deposit Schemes approved by the Department for Communities. Your landlord or agent must provide you with information on the deposit scheme he or she is using and a list of other prescribed information within 28 days of you handing the money over.

Moving home is stressful. Once you’ve given your landlord Notice to Quit, you should start planning your move. You need to think about disconnecting your utilities and finding alternative accommodation.

A tenancy agreement is a legally binding contract, just like a contract for a mobile phone or broadband service. Once you sign or commit to a tenancy you are obliged to continue paying rent until either the landlord agrees to end the contract, the contract comes to a natural end and you have indicated that you do not wish it to continue, or the property is no longer available for you because someone else has moved in. 

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