I have written quite a few posts involving the DPS on Landlord Law over the years since the scheme went live. I thought in the leadup to my interview with Kevin Firth (DPS Director) next week on tenancy deposits, it might be interesting to look back at some of them.
Lets start off with a post from July 2008 where I quoted a report from the DPS that 62% of landlords were flouting the tenancy deposit rules
Then in October 2008 the DPS answered a number of questions which had been raised by people commenting on the blog
In January 2009, following on from various rumours, I was able to report that the DPS is open to to all landlords
In March 2009 I reported on still more complaints received about the DPS arbitration system and the fact that the complaints system cannot be used for the arbitration itself.
In May 2009 I reported on the problem of agents having run off with the deposit money and landlords being asked to refund the schemes after they had paid out the deposit money to tenants. I suggested that the Deposit Protection Service , where this cannot happen as the they hold the deposit money, may often be best after all
In July 2009 I reported on a new blog set up by Kevin Firth which you can visit here.
In September 2009, just over a year after the 62% failure post, I blogged that the figure had now gone down to 30% of landlords
In October I commented on a circular I had seen which suggested that in tenancy deposit arbitrations, more weight is given to the evidence of inventory clerks as landlords themselves are not considered independent
I also reported on a readers story telling how the DPS had failed to pay the deposit money to her after getting a CCJ in her favour because the court order did not mention them
I also reported on the sad case of a tenant in despair after the DPS had paid her deposit money to her landlord. This was because she had not sent her evidence to the arbitrator in time, because she had not received the letter telling her what to do
Then finally there is my interview of Kevin Firth in my Notable Propety Persons series.
I will be discussing with Kevin next week many of the issues raised about by these posts. But do YOU have any questions? What is your experience of dealing with the DPS. Please use the form on >> this page to let me know.