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Is he suing you?
I can call tomorrow, is that ok?I am just stuck on a train!
You are not in the UK?
You have posted this in UK law?
Ok - I think this needs to be kept online as the fee wont cover an international call - as Uk ones are free.
You wont be charged for the call if it does not take place.
Do you accept you didnt protect the deposit?
Ok - when did the tenancy end?
1. What rights do I have if any?
You have to return the deposit within 14 days. The law says you should protect the deposit.
2. What are the likely fines?
You can be fined x3 the cost of the deposit.
3. What if I can't appear in person?
You can submit a statement in paper form. But if you are not there it's far harder to win. You will need to be represented.
But the issue is not protecting the deposit - the law says you have to.
Can I clarify anything for you about this today, please?
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Its not a criminal Court it is civil. But the amount of deposit could be reduced.
The Judge has discretion from 0 to x3.
Does that assist?
Depends on the Judge. It is always a matter of discretion.
These cases are not report as it is a small claim - so nothing to go on.
99% of all cases are not reported.
So there are no statistics.
Does that clarify?
Yes I agree.
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