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I bought a property at auction in August 2015 which included 6 existing tenants.
Some of the tenants have remained in the property on their existing tenancy agreements and as these expire, I will offer them new tenancies or continue on their existing agreement as a periodic tenancy.
The tenancy agreement (AST) is very short and implies that the landlord took a deposit. However, I can find no trace of any deposits and the tenants have no paperwork to support the deposits being registered anywhere although they did pay a deposit.
I have not been “given” the deposits as part of the sale or otherwise.
I have tried contacting the previous owner/landlord but he is not responding at all.
I have one of the tenants given notice to leave the property and I want to know what to do about “returning” his deposit.
Do I just give him the deposit back (and the same with the other tenants in due course)?
Can I do an MCOL (money claim online) against the previous landlord?
If I do a claim, can I claim for 3 x deposit amounts?
There are lots of other discrepancies with the set up including weekly payments received and no rent books but I am getting things sorted.
Any new tenants who come in will have their deposits lodged with the DPS and receive a proper AST.
Thanks for any help you can give me.
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