16:18 PM, 10th August 2022, About A year ago
The number of deposits being protected has increased across the UK, The Dispute Service (TDS) says.
Steve Harriott, the chief executive at TDS, said: “This data shows the bounce back in the lettings market that happened from the spring of 2021 as we came out of lockdown.
“However, towards the end of the financial year the market tightened, so it will be interesting to see the data at the end of September 2022 to see if there has been a reversal of the upward trends.”
He added: “With around a 5% increase in the numbers of deposits protected, it shows the enduring attractiveness of a cash deposit to landlords.”
According to their latest Statistical Briefing, the number of deposits in England and Wales totalled 4,459,602, up by 5.12% from the year before.
In March, the value of these deposits was £4.5bn – up from 2021’s figure of £4.3bn.
The average value of a tenancy deposit in England and Wales has also risen over the past 12 months to around £1,100 – that’s about the same figure that was recorded in March 2019.
In Scotland, the March 2022 data shows that 235,117 deposits were protected. This figure is up by 6.1% and the total value is £176m.
In Northern Ireland, deposit numbers at the end of March were 67,197, a 5.15% increase over 2021. They were worth £43m.
The data also highlights that tenancy deposit disputes are less than 1% of all the deposits protected.
In the year to March, there were 31,276 disputes in England and Wales – just 0.7% of the total.
That’s the same proportion as last year which saw 29,697 disputes.
The reasons for deposit disputes remain similar to what they have been in previous years.
In 2021-22, 50% of the tenancy deposit disputes in England and Wales were over cleaning, 46% were for damage claims and 28% were for redecoration issues.
Both gardening and rent arrears accounted for 13% of disputes.
And the TDS figures also highlight who raised disputes with them.
Tenants account for 74% of disputes being raised, agents for 18% and landlords account for just 8%.
In Scotland, the average deposit value is £748.75 and SafeDeposits Scotland has also revealed its reasons for deposit disputes.
They say that 71% of disputes are over cleaning, 46% for damage and 25% for redecoration.
Gardening attracts 8% of disputes, while rent arrears accounts for 11%.
In Northern Ireland for the year to March, there were 488 deposit disputes. Up from 2021’s figure of 487.
Of those, 47% were for cleaning issues, 45% for damage and 28% for redecoration.
There were also 22% for rent arrears and 10% for gardening.
The allocation of awards makes for interesting reading with 34% of tenancy deposit disputes being awarded to the landlord or agent, 28% to the tenant and 38% were split awards.
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