19:35 PM, 14th March 2013, About 11 years ago 79
I’ve made a real Deposit Protection BooBoo.
My tenant had a new lease and at that point I should have re protected her deposit.
However, because she never returned her signed lease I completely forgot.
I always wait to get their signed copy back before I re protect in case they don’t want to renew.
When she wrote to me giving her one months notice to leave the property, I started going through her file to sort out the ‘moving out’ paper work. At this point I realised she never signed a new lease & I hadn’t re-protected her deposit.
I immediately did this, half way through her months notice. On the certificate it shows it back dated, but obviously done a few months late.
Since entering the property there is some damage which I have asked to take from the deposit.
She said she’s not paying it and will sue me for 3 x the deposit amount plus more, gulp!
I understand this is the law and that it is my fault for not being on top of chasing the new signed lease & re-protecting.
Hands up to that one, but at the end of the day, I must admit I’m feeling aggrieved at not only having to pay for all the work myself, but also a fine.
Did I need to re-protect it as she didn’t sign a new lease?
She obviously received it because she did start paying the increase on the rent detailed on the new lease.
Grr, I’m so annoyed with myself.
Any help/advice would be most welcome, thank you.