Over 230 renters in Cork contacted Threshold about Landlord not returning deposits in 2020 – TheCork.ie

4 March 2021
By Elaine Murphy
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Deposit retention queries to Threshold increased by over 40% in 2020

National housing charity Threshold has called for the introduction of a rental deposit scheme, ten years on from the government’s initial commitment to establish such a scheme. The appeal comes as Threshold has revealed that queries from tenants in relation to deposit retention increased by 43% between 2019 and 2020. Threshold received a total of 238 queries in relation to deposit retention from renters in Cork City and County in 2020, making up 17% of all queries received nationally.

A deposit protection scheme would allow rental deposits to be held by a third party such as the Residential Tenancies Board (RTB) instead of by private landlords, in order to reduce the widespread non-return of deposits to tenants leaving rental properties. The Programme for Government of 2011 outlined the government’s intention to establish

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