2020/21 & 21/22 Livers Out Talk (1 of 3)
Talk 1: What your landlord won't tell you about your security deposit
Our first talk on security deposits is relevant both to current livers out (20/21 academic year), and those who will be living out next year (21/22 academic year) as well. Around 4 in 10 University students who live out have unreasonable deductions taken from their security deposit by their landlord - e.g. paying for damage caused by the previous tenants, cleaning bills for a property that was left clean etc. NUS research shows this is because the vast majority of students don’t feel confident in defending against unreasonable deposit deductions and will just hand over the money no matter how much the landlord wanted. Unreasonable deposit deductions should not be paid to the landlord, yet even as a tenant who challenges the landlord's deductions you could still be forced to pay up if you don’t follow an appropriate process. This series of talks by Matthew Boulton (Durham Graduate & Director at Get My Deposit Back) will help students avoid unreasonable deductions from their security deposits with clear advice about their rights, their landlord’s obligations to them and sets out a proven stress-free process to follow to defend against unreasonable deposit deductions. This first talk will let students identify if their landlord hasn't properly protected their deposit (too many landlords have, including in Durham), entitling them to substantial compensation. Moving day is close, and so these talks are offered to Durham students for free. However space at each talk is currently limited to just 100 participants, so sign up without delay. All participants will also have a chance to win a £20 Amazon voucher. Sign up to all three talks to get three chances to win.