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By D
21/06/2011

Tenancy Deposits Back in the Localism Bill

We have previously posted on amendments to the Localism Bill tabled in Commons committee which would have had the effect of rewriting the tenancy deposit protection provisions in the Housing Act 2004.

The changes were designed to reset the position back to that which was set out by the government when it originally put the provisions forward and before the legislation was undermined by a number of Court of Appeal decisions.

The amendments were not supported by the Government in Commons committee and were withdrawn on the basis that an alternative would be put in place. However, there has been no alternative forthcoming thus far and time is getting short.

Enter Lord Best. He has reintroduced the same amendments in the Lords. The ball is now back in the Government’s court. What happens next is anyone’s guess.

D is a solicitor specialising in landlord and tenant matters with a London firm.

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