Two Glasgow students were refused their deposit of £1,395 by the landlord after they left their tenancy last year
Two Glasgow students have been awarded £2,800 after court’s intervention as their landlord failed to repay their deposit.
Laura Pollock and Rhona MacKintosh were refused their deposit of £1,395 by Ajitpal Dhillon after they left their tenancy last year.
They rented one of fifteen flats Mr Dhillon owns across the city but decided to move out due to what they termed poor behaviour. The landlord failed to secure their deposit as required by law.
After getting in touch with Living Rent and speaking to six other groups who also claimed to have been mistreated by the landlord, Laura and Rhona decided to take the case to court.
Supported by Living Rent, they embarked on a court process which last for six months and, it was determined after a full tribunal hearing that Mr Dhillon must repay the pair £2,800 – twice their original deposit.
Laura and Rhona have contacted the police along with other tenants, leading to an investigation into the landlord’s conduct.
The tenants described the moment they got in touch with others, who also claimed to have had similar experiences with the landlord.
The said: His pattern of behaviour is to provide a below average flat, remain distant and uncommunicative when he is required to provide documents and make repairs, and then fail to return deposits.
Laura explained: My motive for pursuing action through the tribunal has always been to hold Mr Dhillon accountable and for others to then know of his behaviour. We should all feel safe in our home and I didn’t.
I urge all tenants who relate to this treatment to get in touch with Living Rent because this case is an example of how we can hold landlords to account, she said.
Rhona added: The courts are there to protect tenants and landlords alike, however, the process was lengthy and took a lot of courage. Without the help of organisations like Living Rent, we wouldn’t have felt able to stand up to Mr Dhillon in the way that we were forced to.
Living Rent representative, Rory Maclean, commented: With jobs lost and a recession looming across Scotland, many are struggling. These two young women are representative of so many in this pandemic – honest tenants who have been pushed into financial hardship by unscrupulous landlords.
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