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Thank you for your question and welcome. My name is ***** ***** I will assist you. Is the tenant leaving the property - have you since bonded the deposit or returned it to the tenant? Kind regards AJ
Thank you. The rule under the Housing Act 2004 S.214 used to be that the court had to award damages of three times the deposit. The wording of the section has now been changed sightly - to say "The court must ... order the landlord to pay to the applicant a sum of money [ not less than the amount of the deposit and not more than ] three times the amount of the deposit within the period of 14 days beginning with the date of the making of the order."
There is a risk that they can claim damages against you - and as this is done through the N1 Small Claims process the costs are fixed costs- so if they won you would be liable to pay roughly £100 of their costs. Have they issued proceedings against you? Kind regards AJ
Thank you. You wont have to pay anything to defend the claim unless you engage a solicitor. They will have to pay the court fee etc.
Are they just threatening at the moment? Kind regards AJ
Thank you. Are they demanding any money from you? Ultimately they have their deposit bank so I am not sure there is any merit in corresponding with them further - they will either bring a claim or they wont (as is their prerogative). If they do bring a claim they have to be prepared to accept all the work and consequences accepted with that. Kind regards AJ