Here is a question to the blog clinic from Jon who is a tenant
We were tenants under a private AST through an agent. Tenancy duration Feb2010-May2013.
AST contract stipulates that proposed deductions should be notified to tenant within 10 working days of tenancy cessation.
We are now at 19 working days, and the landlord has issued nothing other than to refund 625 of the 925 paid.
This would be contestable as the property was in excellent condition at cessation, however this is surely irrelevant as landlord is in breach of the AST contract.
1. I am raising with TDS. What is the appropriate course of action in respect of breach of contract, remedy, compensation etc please?
2. Is this a good case for a no-win/fee solicitor, to pursue on a number of fronts?
Your situation is that your landlord has withheld £300 and has failed to tell you why. Presumably your deposit is protected with TDS.
The correct course of action is to do what you have done – contact TDS and seek to claim the balance of the money via the free adjudication service.
You should, in your application, ask the Adjudicator to refuse to entertain any claim that the landlord may make to justify the withholding of the £300 as he is in breach of the terms of his own tenancy agreement.
You will certainly win the adjudication if the landlord continues to withhold information as to why the money has been withheld. If the information is provided late, you will probably still win because he is in breach of the tenancy agreement.
I don’t think you will be entitled to anything else. So I don’t think there is much point in instructing solicitors. Your loss is the £300 and that can be recovered via the adjudication.
Breach of contract – no loss, no award
As a general rule claimants do not normally get an award just because the other party is in breach of contract. They get an award because the other party is in breach of contract AND they have suffered loss as a result of that breach of contract.
If there is no loss, normally there will be no award. So far as I can see, your only loss is the £300.