More protection for non quals tenants
Jersey should have a tenant deposit scheme next year.
The Privy Council approved the law in November, but the regulations are still being finalised.
Housing Minister, Deputy Andrew Green, is hoping the States can debate the proposals early next year, with a law in place to protect tenants' deposits by the summer.
In Jersey 48% of the population are renters. But when it is time to move on there is no legislation to protect tenant deposits, or force landlords to return the money.
Graham Tyrell lived in a house with mold infested walls which was full of damp and decay.
As a non-quals finance worker, who lived there for 2 years, Graham says his landlord refused to treat the damp or to replace the broken boiler and oil tank.
He said: "After a period of time damp became very apparent, we had mushrooms growing from the floor, we had condensation all over the windows, it was bitterly cold.
We expected the landlord to do something about this, but unfortunately he became quite intractable and said no the damp is your fault, you haven't opened up the windows enough and a lot of other nonsense and because of our lack of rights as non qualified tenants, we have no rights."
Now Graham's in a battle with his landlord to get his 15-hundred pounds deposit back. He's found this Lodging License isn't worth the paper it's written on.
Graham's taking his landlord to the petty debts court, for the second time now and he's calling for greater protection and security for non-quals tenants.