The reason is that it was then that the tenancy deposit regulations came into force, along with the Government authorised Tenancy Deposit Schemes (TDS) You would be forgiven for thinking that this is pretty irrelevant for tenancies
that began prior to that date and where a deposit was paid and it is being held outside an approved TDS.
Speaking at the Housing Rights Service conference at Belfast's Riddell Hall, Ben Beadle will tell delegates that, "the response to deposit protection has been overwhelmingly positive, but the number of deposits protected is much lower than the number of tenancies
According to the latest available figures, the number of tenancies
in arrears for 2011-2012 varies from 1,804 in Blaenau Gwent, 1,852 in Merthyr Tydfil to 6,620 in Caerphilly.
A TDS spokesman said: "Although we have received consistently positive feedback on the usability of the Tenancy Deposit Scheme for Landlords (backed up by survey data), and have no evidence to suggest landlord members are failing to update tenancy information correctly, from April we are simplifying the IT system so that fixed term tenancies
will automatically become statutory periodic tenancies
on our database when they end.
The court fined David Purcell, from Clonmel, Co Tipperary, for failing to register three tenancies
The amended regulations also contain rules regarding fixed-term tenancies
Coun Stone said: "The proposed introduction of fixed-term tenancies
, only for new tenants, not for existing tenancies
, is potentially a good thing, provided a reasonable duration is set.
But we are concerned at the five-year break clauses in these tenancies
From October 1, the AST threshold increased to include all tenancies
with annual rent up to pounds 100,000 - up from the previous pounds 25,000.
While landlords with tenancies
that started before the scheme was launched on April 6 do not need to protect deposits until a new tenancy is created, there may be other, more worrying, reasons for the relatively slow take-up.
5 million homes in the UK now rented from a private landlord and this figure forecast to rise yet further in the next ten years, so too firms like ours have seen a sharp increase in disputes relating to properties and tenancies
From the start of June substantial changes to the legislation relating to business tenancies
will come into effect.