An increasing number of landlords are having to dig into their own pockets because they are unable to provide "sufficient evidence"to justify withholding tenancy deposits, it has emerged.

Tenancy deposit protection organisation warned that landlords must be able to offer proof of damage inflicted on their properties by tenants.

If they cannot, then protection schemes will have no choice but to find in favour of the tenant if a dispute should occur.

"Landlords who genuinely need to withhold a tenant's deposit at the end of a tenancy are able to do so, but they must take some simple steps to show any deductions are justified and proportionate,"said David Salusbury, chairman of

He advised that photographic records of any damage should be taken, while bank statements can also prove useful to help prove instances of unpaid rent.

This comes after research by the National Landlords Association revealed that 71 per cent of landlords are bracing themselves for rental arrears in 2009.ADNFCR-2002-ID-18921937-ADNFCR

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