if you failed to protect a deposit there is a claim and that claim perpetuates every time the tenancy is renewed and that would include when it became periodic.
It is UP TO 3 times the deposit on each case, plus the return of the deposit, but not necessarily three times. Just up to. It can be less but it can’t be more.
The payment of the deposit on the wrong date in the details is only relevant if it makes a difference otherwise it would be allowed under the slip rule.
Agree with you that this legislation is completely unfair because it penalises a landlord for what is a minor infarction and it’s a windfall for the tenant when the tenant hasn’t actually suffered any loss.
Whilst it may seem like one breach, court views it differently.
You are potentially on the hook for six times the deposit!
If the claimant had solicitors there would normally be a couple of grand of solicitors costs on top of that.
If you wanted to appeal this, you have 21 days to appeal and you can only do so if the judge has made an error of law or an error of fact.
2 breaches and an award of 2.5 times is not bad.
Even if you manage to appeal the first one, you have no grounds to appeal the second one and it could well be that the award will remain the same.
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