Deposits

A deposit is the amount of money, normally one month’s rent, that a landlord or agent keeps until the end of your contract. The deposit protects them (and you) if there is any damage or unpaid rent during your time in the property. Landlords are required by law to protect your deposit in a deposit protection scheme.

The three government-approved schemes are:

If your landlord is using any other scheme your deposit is not protected.

Steps to making sure you get your deposit back

  1. If your deposit was protected using one of these schemes and your tenancy has come to an end please read the advice in the “Moving Out Guide”
  2. Ensure you have all the information you need to apply to get your deposit back, this may vary depending on the scheme
  3. Make your application
  4. If you have any problems contact the Students’ Union Advice Centre for help