The Deregulation Act 2015 received Royal Assent on 26 March 2015 and brings in important changes relating to deposit protection legislation.
Implications for deposits taken before 6 April 2007
Since 6 April 2007 landlords of properties let on assured shorthold tenancies have been required to protect tenants’ deposits in an approved tenancy deposit scheme and to provide the prescribed information to the tenant within 30 days of taking the deposit.
If a landlord took a deposit on an assured shorthold tenancy (AST) before 6 April 2007 and continues to hold that deposit against a statutory period tenancy which also started before April 2007 the landlord does NOT need to protect the deposit. However, if
the landlord wishes to gain possession of the property using notice under Section 21 of the Housing Act 1988, the deposit must be protected and the Prescribed Information issued to the tenant prior to the landlord serving the Section 21 notice.
If the landlord took a deposit on an AST before 6 April 2007 and continues to hold that deposit against a statutory periodic tenancy which began after April 2007 it must be protected with an authorised scheme by whichever is the earlier of either:
· 23 June 2015; or
· Before a court decides on proceedings under Section21 of the Housing Act 1988; or
· Before a court decides on proceedings under Section 214 of the Housing Act 2004 (for failure to protect a deposit)
Deposits taken since 6 April 2007
If a landlord took a deposit on an AST after 6 April 20007 and correctly protected and served the Prescribed Information to the tenant, the landlord does not need to reissue the Prescribed Information to the tenant on future renewals of the AST or where the
AST rolls into a statutory periodic tenancy so long as the tenancy details have not changed and the deposit remains in the same tenancy deposit protection scheme.
It is also now acceptable for agents’ details to be given in place of landlords’ details where the agent protected or is dealing with the deposit.
For more information about any of the above or for practical commercial advice on this or any other aspect of employment law, please contact
Ian Barker of the Berg Real Estate Team on 0161 833 9211 or email him at
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