Ten­ants in dark over de­posit cash

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MORE than a third of pri­vate ten­ants don’t know how to claim de­posits back, a sur­vey found.

And more than half of renters are un­aware they can use a free ser­vice to chal­lenge de­duc­tions land­lords make from their de­posit.

Reg­u­la­tions in­tro­duced in 2012 mean land­lords must lodge de­posit pay­ments – which amount to an av­er­age of £723 – in a ten­ancy de­posit scheme to en­sure they can be re­turned at the end of the rental con­tract.

About 280,000 house­holds in Scot­land rent their prop­erty from a pri­vate land­lord.

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