International News — Massive vote of no confidence in current tenancy deposit safeguards
Citizens’ Advice, UK (11 May 2004)

Hundreds of thousands of private tenants feel cheated out of millions of pounds by rogue landlords who refuse to pay back rent deposits when they move out, according to new figures released today by national charities Citizens Advice and Shelter. These figures are published on the day that MPs are due to discuss an amendment to the Housing Bill designed to protect tenants’ deposits and resolve disputes.

A MORI survey commissioned by Citizens Advice found that a quarter of private tenants (24%) who had paid a rent deposit within the past five years had had all or click here for more on this story

International News — Woman battles unfair rental practices
Booklet published to encourage cheated lessees to file small claims suits
By Kenzo Moriguchi, Staff Writer
The Japan Times

SHINGU, Hyogo Pref. -- When Suzuko Miura learned in March she would be returned only 34,181 yen of the 98,000 yen deposit she had paid on her son's Kyoto apartment, she refused to go down without a fight.

Considering that the room was still in good condition when her son moved out, the 51-year-old felt an unfair sum had been deducted and set about getting the correct amount back. When the real estate agency failed to comply, she decided to take her case to click here for more on this story

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