Guardian usual landlord bashing piece today when I started to think about what was the thrust of the piece. It seems to me to collect a number of pieces of dubious and unrelated facts together to come to the conclusion that:
"we don't like landlords because they are all capitalist crooks"
My main point regarding the situation of landlords returning their tenants deposit is that the way the system has been set up it pushes both landlord and tenant (sensibly in my opinion) to resolve any disagreement over the deposit by agreement rather than automatically have to resort to arbitration or a long and expensive legal dispute. The result of this is that agreeing the exact amount of rental deposit to be returned can take time as both tenant and landlord have to reflect and often research their exact legal position on various matters relating to the tenancy. To simply label this as landlords "dragging their feet" is naive and slightly provocative.
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