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Landlord fails to submit tenant's deposit

Following the first case brought under the Scottish Government tenancy deposit regulations, Scottish Land & Estates is reminding members who have not submitted their tenant’s deposits in to one of the three approved Tenancy Deposit Schemes to do so immediately.

This call follows the first successful case against a landlord in Edinburgh who has been ordered to pay his tenants three times the value of the deposit on their flat.

A court has ruled Andrew Meehan must pay Ross Fraser and Alison Pease, who rented a property in the city’s Cumberland Street, £3450 after he failed to secure their £1150 deposit.

Edinburgh Sheriff Court heard the landlord had failed to pay the cash into a fund set up to protect tenants. It is believed to be one of the first cases brought by tenants under new government Scotland’s Tenancy Deposit Scheme regulations which were introduced last year.

They stipulate that landlords must pay tenants’ deposits into one of three designated funds.

An information sheet is available on the Members’ section.

 

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