The vast majority of tenants who rent a property in the UK from a private landlord are given assured shorthold tenancies, usually for 6 or 12 months.
Tenants are usually required to pay some kind of deposit when they first move in. More often than not, this will be one month’s rent, but could be more or less depending on the preference of the landlord.
Was your deposit protected according to the law
Landlords are legally required to place your deposit in one of the government approved tenancy schemes within 30 days of receipt of the money.
It is important that your rental deposit is protected to avoid the potential for any disputes with your landlord when your rental agreement finally expires and you leave the property.
Your landlord is required to provide you with following documents and information regarding the DPS they are using to protect your deposit:
Deposit protection check
If you think that your landlord has failed to correctly store and protect your deposit, you can check the websites of the three government approved schemes, which all provide the opportunity to check their databases for your details.
Unfortunately, there is no one place where you can check all three simultaneously, so be prepared to spend a bit of time doing your research.
You will need to supply some basic details about yourself and the property that you’re renting, so make sure that you have the following details to hand:
The links below will take you directly to the pages on the respective scheme websites where you can carry out the check:
Remember, these schemes only cover deposits stored as part of an assured shorthold tenancy.