The pet clause in my tenancy agreement (AST) states that the landlord will keep part of my deposit (£300) for an additional 3 months, in case additional flea treatment is needed.
I'm perfectly happy with this arrangement and do not intend to challenge this, but I was wondering if they are legally able to do this.
I've tried to look into this and all I could find on the government's website was:
Your landlord must return your deposit within 10 days of you both agreeing how much you’ll get back
Which doesn't really explain whether agreeing that the additional £300 will be repaid 3 months later is legally allowed.
Additionally, as deposits need to be protected by a government-backed tenancy deposit scheme, does that mean that this £300 needs to be protected for an additional 3 months, or is our landlord allowed to just keep this in their bank account as the tenancy has already ended?