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The Section 213 means your landlord must register your tenancy deposit

A requirement of Section 213 of the Housing Act 2004 state that where a deposit is received in accordance with an authorised scheme, then ‘the initial requirements of an authorised scheme must be complied with by the landlord within a period of 14 days beginning with the date on which it is received'. (see also our section on deposits for advice if your landlord hasn't registered your deposit). This “Section 213” notice is more likely presented to the tenant as a certificate of deposit compliance with an approved scheme and must contain certain information.

A requirement of section 213 of the Housing Act 2004 state that where a deposit is received in accordance with an authorised scheme, then ‘the initial requirements of an authorised scheme must be complied with by the landlord within a period of 14 days beginning with the date on which it is received'. (see also our section on deposits). This “Section 213” notice is more likely presented to the tenant as a certificate of deposit compliance with an approved scheme and must contain prescribed information.

The legislation states that the landlord or ‘person accepting the deposit' shall furnish the tenant with certain prescribed information within 14 days of receiving the deposit. This information must be provided. Failure to provide the information will mean severe penalties for the landlord if reported. The general requirement to supply information is contained within section 213 of the Housing Act 2004 .This information shall:

  • Identify the deposit which has been paid, the address of the property to which the tenancy relates, and
  • Provide the name address, telephone number and any e-mail address or fax number of the landlord(s), the tenant(s) and any other ‘relevant person' to the deposit (i.e. a person who contributes towards, or pays the deposit on behalf of the tenant)
  • Define the circumstances when all or part of the deposit shall be retained by the landlord
  • Provide confirmation (in the form of a certificate signed by the landlord) that the information provided is correct, and that the tenant has been given the opportunity to sign any document containing this information
  • Onclude details of the tenancy deposit scheme being used for protecting the tenancy deposit. These details should include information which explains the operation of tenancy deposit protection under the Housing Act 2004, and various procedures that will apply to repaying, the money, contacting the parties, and resolving any dispute that may result in relation to repayment of the deposit.

So, always ask for an approved deposit certificate when you are moving in if you have given a deposit as part of taking on the tenancy.



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