Thank you for the question. I am sorry to hear about this, however it should be a simple fix. First things first, your deposit should have been registered with the government deposit scheme and you should have received and email from them confirming this. If he has not done this, then you can inform him that should you report him he will be fined a minimum, of 3 months rent for not doing this within the correct time period. If the deposit was registered and he is not returning it, you will have to take this up with the deposit agency, they have an arbitration service who will ask the landlord to support this case that he is entitled to keep the deposit, if he cannot show this then they will award it back to you (or at least some). If he has not registered your deposit and is trying to keep it, you can report this and if he still refuses to give it back then you can make a small claims action against him to obtain the same back.
You can complete the forms for a claims action easily online. You will have to highlight what the issues are and tell them how much you are claiming for, to be honest the first are straight forward and self-explanatory. If you feel you can do this yourself then you don’t really need to hire a solicitor but I will provide details for you in case you feel you want to. You will then receive a response to the claim and a court date. On the day (unless they offer a settlement) you will appear at the local court and basically provide your evidence and give you claim to the judge and they will response. The judge will assess the merits of the claim and defence and make a judgement this should be relatively easy for you to prove so the respondent may well offer a settlement in the meantime.
I hope this information has helped. You can find a local solicitor who deals with this on the law society webpage which is;
If you require any help moving forward on this matter in the future, please do feel free to come back to us and I would be more than happy to assist.