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Were you ever given a tenancy deposit scheme number?
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In the first instance write, not email, requesting the tds number and return of the deposit in full within 21 days of the date of the letter. Also state that any failure to refund the deposit within the specified deadline and you will have no option but to refer the matter to either the tds, provided that they registered the deposit, or the courts. Also state that if they fail to establish that the deposit was correctly registered with the tds will result in the matter being referred to court, even if they refund the deposit in full.
Infirm them that you will claim for any court fees and interest at the court rate of 8%. If the deposit was not registered then the court can award 1 to 3 times the deposit as compensation.
You need to do a formal letter before action to give the other party time to pay. And 21 days is the accepted standard period.
If they fail to respond you can start the legal process.
You apply to court on form n208 (there is guidance on this in form n208A). Go to hmctsformfinder.justice.gov.uk
You have to pay a court fee but you can reclaim this together with 8% interest.
If you serve the claim form and particulars of claim together the landlord has 14 days to respond. If the landlord fails to respond you apply for judgment in default. If the landlord defends the claim it will progress to trial and the court will send out directions (instructions of things you need to do or information you need to supply within specified time limits).
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