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Your landlord has a legal requirement to protect your deposit under one of the deposit schemes ( Deposit Protection Service (DPS) My Deposits. Tenancy Deposit Scheme (TDS). The deposit is your money and the landlord should only keep it if you have caused damage in the property, you owe rent to the landlord or you have failed to keep to the tenancy agreement and this means that the landlord has lost money. Your landlord should have sent you a deposit scheme certificate. If your deposit was paid after 1 April 2013 and protected with one of the 3 approved tenancy deposit companies in Northern Ireland, you'll need to follow their procedure. If your deposit was paid after 1 April 2013, but your landlord didn't protect the money with an approved scheme, you should report this to your local council. If your deposit was paid before 1 April 2013 you'll need to write to your landlord asking for the money back and the deposit scheme. If you aren't able to settle the dispute, you'll have to go to small claims court to get your money back. If you would like to instruct a solicitor to represent you, you can find a solicitor through the law society using this function: https://solicitors.lawsociety.org.uk/ (you will be able to search by area of expertise and location).
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