What if the tenant disappears without leaving any forwarding address?

November 3, 2014

What if the tenant disappears without leaving any forwarding address?

At least 14 days after the end of the tenancy, the landlord can notify the scheme administrator of any claim that he wants to make on the deposit. He must supply a statutory declaration that the tenant cannot be contacted, as well as the usual details of his claim and evidence to support it, and whether he prefers the use of the ADR service or the Courts to resolve any dispute, if the tenant does come forward the scheme administrator then sends the declaration and details of the claim to the tenant, at the tenant’s last known address. If there is no response after 14 days, the landlord’s claim can be accepted in full by the scheme and the deposit may be retained or disbursed by the landlord or custodial scheme accordingly.

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