Hello, my name is Jim and I am a qualified lawyer happy to help you today.
I presume from what you say that you have opened a dispute with DPS. If not then you would need to open a dispute with the scheme and yours is here :
If the dispute does not resolve this, you will need to sue the landlord. Before you start a claim, send the landlord a letter before action (template attached). Assuming they fail to respond, you will need to sue in the county court - if you have a UK address then you can do this. If not then you will need to use a UK law firm to pursue them - I can recommend www.stephensons.co.uk
The court fee will need to be paid unless you qualify for a fee exemption. Details of the fee can be found here at page 5: -
In addition to the deposit sum you can claim interest on the deposit sum which is calculated from the date the deposit should have been returned to the date you start the claim. The calculation would be as follows :
If you were owed £1,000 (for example):
the annual interest would be £80 (1000 x 0.08 = 80)
you’d divide £80 by 365 to get the daily interest: about 22 pence a day (80 / 365 = 0.22)
after 50 days this would be £11 (50 x 0.22 = 11)
If you do have access to a UK address please tell me and I will send you the claim form to use if DPS does not refund the money to you. I do think the attached letter would work though - let me know if you have trouble opening it.
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