10:20 AM, 17th December 2021, About a month ago 26
Hi guys. I’ve been a landlord for around 15 years, managing my own small portfolio, for the first time I’ve had to go back to DPS to claim a deposit in full (£650). The tenant who left around 4 weeks ago, an old lady who doesn’t like tech, been with me for over 12 years, very eccentric, never liked to call me for anything, and I left her alone as her rent was always paid on time (my mistake I found out).
When she called and handed her notice in (wouldn’t email or text as she doesn’t have an email or knows how to text), she did say that I can keep her deposit (alarm bells rang of course). Anyway, I spent over £3K to bring the property back to a habitable state. DPS say they’ve texted her, on an old number, and waiting for a reply. I called the lady and asked her to call DPS directly with her new number, but she’s a bit slow.
Meanwhile, DPS sent me a form to fill in, Statutory Declaration, which needs to be witnessed/signed by a lawyer, this is the last thing I wanted as it will just incur extra costs! (rubs salt in my wound, so to speak).
The question is, is this the only way I can receive the deposit? Does it cost a lot for a lawyer to add their signature and stamp it? (I’m based in Thurrock, Essex, if anyone knows someone).
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