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Repaying the rental deposit

My tenant moved out five days ago and is now getting all shirty about getting her deposit back. The problem is, she’s agreed to pay for a large window that her son cracked with a cricket ball – out of the deposit. My handyman is snowed under at the moment. He has ordered the glass but will only be repairing the window next week. Is there any deadline by which I have to repay her deposit, or can I wait until my handyman has finished the job?

When a lease comes to an end and there are damages that the tenant is liable for, the landlord has 21 days within which to repay the balance of the deposit, after deduction of the repair costs. Looking at your timeline, you should safely be able to wait for the handyman to finish, and pay within the 21 days period.