we have been renting in se1 for a coupel of years (before the gov guarantee scheme)
is it possible to get the landlord to transfer to this / is there any legal way of doing this.. is he under any obligation to?
But, I think (stress: I don't KNOW) that the act of starting a new contract when your existing one runs out will trigger the landlord's obligation to treat the deposit according to the new rules. Each new contract is a separate thing, even if the parties to it are the same.
Good point, Ivanhoe. Yes, I think that's right. If the expired tenancy is allowed simply to continue on a monthly basis, the deposit would stay unprotected. If the tenancy is formally renewed for a fixed term, the protection scheme kicks in.
If you still need some advice on this, you might want to email [email protected] They have a team that specialises in private sector housing, including housing law, and will discuss your rights, and the best way to get your deposit back if you are having difficulties.
If you renewed your AST after the new law became active then your deposit is required to be placed into a deposit scheme. If your landlord has not done so within 14 days you can apply to county court for your deposit to be protected in a scheme or repayed to you at three times the amount.