Another Blow For The Rent Deposit Burdens Of Ast Landlords

Author:Ms Emma Humphreys
Profession:Charles Russell LLP

Landlords of any assured shorthold tenancy ("AST") have been dealt another blow by the courts, following the decision in Gardner v McCusker. The county court in that case has held that the statutory requirement to register the rent deposit for ASTs applies where the original fixed term expires and a new tenancy is created. The court gave no credit for the fact that the landlord had properly registered the deposit when it had first been paid at the outset of the original AST; the failure to re-register the deposit at the start of the new tenancy meant that the landlord was unable to rely on the notice served to recover possession and was ordered to pay compensation to the tenant. This bad news for landlords follows the Court of Appeal decision last year in Superstrike Ltd v Rodrigues, which held that AST rent deposits paid before the tenancy deposit...

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