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Ever had a tough time getting a deposit back from a landlord? You're not alone...

It can be a frustrating process — and it looks like around two thirds of us have had some experience in the area…
Jul 1st 2014, 8:15 AM 15,262 55

ALMOST TWO-THIRDS of renters (60 per cent) find it difficult to get deposits returned from landlords, a new survey has found.

Of that figure, 36 per cent of those asked said they ‘strongly agreed’ that landlords were reluctant to hand over security deposit cash, once a rental agreement came to an end.

The survey, by Red C, was carried out among 1,004 people aged 18 and over.

It was conducted to raise awareness of a new ‘Short Guide to Security Deposits for Residential Tenancies’ being released today.

It’s being published jointly by the Society of Chartered Surveyors Ireland, the Private Residential Tenancies Board (PRTB), the Union of Students in Ireland (USI) and housing charity Threshold.

CEO of Threshold Bob Jordan said the issue was the main cause of disputes between tenants and landlords, and that the guide would help raise awareness of the rights and obligations of both parties.

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The size of the private rented sector almost doubled between 2006 and 2011. Around 1 in 5 households in the country are now renting private properties.

(The guide can be downloaded here). 

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