Protecting Your Deposit

It is a legal requirement for a landlord to protect your deposit if you're in the most standard type of private sector tenancy, an Assured Shorthold Tenancy (AST). Other types of rental arrangements don't usually require your deposit to be put in a deposit scheme unless your contract says that your landlord will use a scheme. 

If your rental agreement is an AST then your landlord must protect your deposit and provide you with all the relevant information regarding your scheme and the protection it offers within 30 days of you sending the money. The deposit can’t be more than 5 weeks rent (provided the yearly rent is less than £50,000 a year).

If they don’t they can be fined and it can make it difficult to evict you or to take money off your deposit at the end of the tenancy.

If you’re not sure if your deposit has been protected properly or your landlord is looking to deduct money and you disagree we can guide you through the process.

To increase your chances of getting your deposit back you should consider drawing up an inventory as soon as you move into the property or as soon as is practical. Check out our tips on drawing up an inventory here.

If you have any issues ensuring your deposit it protected or getting your deposit back then the Arts SU Advice Service can help. 

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*Correct as of September 2018