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Tenancy Deposit Schemes

Volume 507: debated on Tuesday 9 March 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government which tenancy deposit schemes charge for services related to adjudicating on disputes relating to the deposit. (320820)

None of the three Government-approved tenancy deposit protection scheme providers are permitted, under the terms of their contracts, to make direct charges for their alternative dispute resolution services.

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what assessment he has made of the financial viability of each of the authorised tenancy deposit schemes; and whether his Department has responsibility to ensure the financial viability of such schemes. (320926)

The three tenancy deposit protection schemes are operated by private companies under contract with Communities and Local Government and are designed to be self-financing. All the contracts contain safeguards to ensure the financial viability of the schemes.

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government when each tenancy deposit scheme provider’s contract expires. (320927)

The Department for Communities and Local Government’s contracts with the three tenancy deposit protection scheme providers for the provision of tenancy deposit protection schemes will run until the end of March 2012. All three contracts have the option of a further one year extension.