Clear Guide to the Deposit Protection Scheme 如何保障租戶按金

It’s important for tenants to know that if their landlord fails to deposit their tenancy deposit with a statutory institution designated by the government, then the court has the power to order the landlord to repay up to three times the lease deposit to the tenant. The law requires landlords to deposit the full deposit into one of the following statutory institutions:

*Deposit Protection Service (DPS)

*MyDeposits

*Tenancy Deposit Scheme (TDS)

In addition, the Landlord or agency must provide proof to the tenant within 30 days that the deposit has been protected by the relevant deposit protection organizations. The TDS used by Bee City Living will issue a deposit certificate after receiving the deposit deposited by our company. If you are our tenant, you must have received it, and the certificate content will include the information such as the rental address, the total amount of the deposit, the tenant’s name, the contact information of the Landlord or estate agency, how to refund the deposit, and how to handle disputes about the refund of the deposit. Therefore, if you have not received the deposit certificate after 30 days after paying the deposit, you should contact the Landlord or agency as soon as possible.

But there is one additional point. If the tenant pays a holding fee in the initial stage, it is usually equal to or no more than one week’s rent. The deposit will eventually be remitted to part of the deposit paid after signing the tenancy agreement. The total deposit amount is usually equal to or no more than five weeks rent.

業主如果沒有將按金存入政府指定的法定機構,法庭可判決業主要向租戶償還最多 3 倍的租約按金

但究竟租戶如何知道自己的按金是否已存入指定機構呢?

法例說明,業主要在收到全數按金後,存入以下其中一間法定機構︰

*Deposit Protection Service (DPS)

*MyDeposits

*Tenancy Deposit Scheme (TDS)

另外,業主或租戶要30天內向租戶提供証明按金已獲得有關機構保護,而小店採用的TDS 機構當收到我司存入按金後,會發出一張按金證書,如果係我地租戶必定會收過,其內容會包括租住地址、按金總數、租客名、業主或地產代理聯絡資料、如何退還按金及如何處理按金退還糾紛等資料。所以如果你交了按金後,過了30天還未收到按金證明,便要盡快聯絡業主或地產代理。

但有一點補充,如租戶在初期有繳交訂金的話,一般相等或不多於一星期租金,其訂金最後會匯入立約後所繳交按金的一部份,按金總額一般相等或不多於五星期租金。

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