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You should register the deposit in the future.
In accordance with the law, you must put the deposit in a government-backed tenancy deposit scheme (TDP) if you rent your home on an assured shorthold tenancy that started after 6 April 2007.
It depends what risk are you willing to take.
You can simply ignore the claim or release the deposit to them and bear the costs of wear yourself.
It's at your discretion, depends how far they are willing to take the complaint.
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Well, it is fairly likely actually.
The tenant can obtain compensation for the fact that you haven't protected his deposit.
Therefore, if you don't want to risk it, simply return the deposit and part ways.
That is the safest option.
More dangerous option would be to gamble on the fact that the tenant will not pursue the complaint further, if she does, she will most likely obtain compensation.