Glasgow University students owed over £1600 in deposits

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Katy Scott
News Editor

SafeDeposits Scotland has recently revealed that students in Scotland have yet to claim back almost £62,000 from the deposit scheme.

A total of 188 tenancy deposits remain unclaimed by students from Scottish colleges and universities. Glasgow University students have a total of £1,678.00 to reclaim.

The university with the most forgotten deposits is St Andrews, with 103 deposits worth around £406 each remaining unclaimed. Aberdeen was a distant second place with 16 unclaimed deposits.

However Edinburgh College has only one forgotten deposit, worth £44.60.

Students at City of Glasgow College, the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, the University of the West of Scotland, and Queen Margaret University left no deposits unclaimed.

SafeDeposits Scotland conducted the research by identifying all tenants who have a university email account registered against their name on the deposit account.

Victoria Nixon, Operations Manager at SafeDeposits Scotland, said: “It’s interesting to see the disparity in rates of deposits left unclaimed by students across the country and the reasons behind it may be complex and varied.

“Some people may simply forget, some might think they won’t get it back, and others might think it’s an inconvenience. But in reality; the process is straightforward and should disputes over deductions arise, an independent adjudicator will work to find an amicable resolution for all parties.

“Tenancy deposit schemes like SafeDeposits Scotland were introduced to help tenants and landlords get a fair deal at the end of a lease agreement and claiming your deposit is straightforward.”