John Calls on Highland Council to Ensure Private Tenants’ Deposits are Protected

John has written to Highland Council Chief Executive Steve Barron to ensure that private tenants in Highland have their deposits protected in a tenancy deposit scheme.

An Edinburgh landlord was recently ordered to pay his tenants £3,450 after he failed to secure their £1,150 deposit in a deposit scheme. Landlords are now required by law to place their tenants’ deposits into one of three Scottish Government backed schemes. These schemes feedback the registration of the deposits to the relevant Local Authorities to ensure that the Landlord is registered with the Authority. Failure by the Landlord to register the deposit can result in being ordered to pay a maximum of three times the deposit back to the tenants.

Commenting John said:

“I have written to Mr Barron to ensure that Highland Council is doing all it can to ensure that Landlords registered with Highland Council are also registered with one of the three schemes. Given the high number of people throughout Highland Council area renting privately it is essential that Highland Council ensures that registered landlords are complying with the law.

“It is vital that tenants are able to trust that their deposits are being kept safe by their landlord and Local Authorities must act to ensure that all Landlords registered with them are taking part in the scheme. If Landlords are not registered with a scheme the Local Authorities should act to ensure that the Landlord remedies this situation immediately.”