Private landlords letting out their properties to tenants in the south-east of England are most likely to find their homes being mistreated, it has emerged.

According to analysis from the Deposit Protection Service (DPS), tenants in this part of the country have been involved in more disputes with landlords than those in other regions.

Commenting on the findings, director of the DPS Kevin Firth claimed that the group had received "all sorts of complaints"from landlords about their tenants.

The survey revealed that more than 50 per cent of disputes in the south-east resulted from tenants damaging property, while 36 per cent arose from a failure to keep the house clean.

However, Mr Firth insisted that the number of disputes remained "relatively small".

"The introduction of a dispute resolution service has been one of the real successes of the government's tenancy deposit legislation - ensuring that these differences are sorted out fairly,"he added.

According to, it is essential that landlords provide sufficient evidence of any damage to their property if they wish to withhold a tenant's deposit.ADNFCR-2002-ID-18971466-ADNFCR

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