Greens secure council backing to protect tenancy deposits

The days of battling with private landlords to get a deposit returned should be over, according to Green councillor Steve Burgess.

Under the scheme all landlords are no longer able to hold tenancy deposits from tenants. Instead they must lodge the deposit with an independent body licensed by the Scottish Government. At the end of the tenancy, if there is a dispute this body will come to a judgement as to how much of the deposit should be returned.

Steve BurgegssCllr Burgess said:

“Disputes over tenancy deposits are one of the main causes of tension between landlords and tenants. It is in the interest of both parties to have a fair and independent way of settling these disputes and holding the money.

“But any new system will only work if both landlords and tenants know about it. That is why I am delighted that the Council has backed my call to develop a publicity plan in advance of 2 July.

“Battles over unfairly withheld deposits should be a thing of the past”

1. The motion to full Council is below.

10.10 By Councillor Burgess – National Tenancy Deposit Scheme

“That this Council:

Welcomes the national tenancy deposit scheme starting on 2 July;

Agrees to develop a publicity plan with the aim of ensuring that all tenants and landlords in the city are aware of the need to lodge tenancy deposits with one or more of the national schemes.”