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Most private landlords ask new tenants for a tenancy deposit before they move in. Find out what a tenancy deposit covers, how to make sure you get it back and where to get help if you can't.
Tenancy deposit protection schemes were introduced to protect a tenant's deposit. See if your tenancy deposit should be covered by a protection scheme.
Check online to see if your tenancy deposit is protected in one of the three government-backed tenancy deposit protection schemes.
Use our tenancy deposit rights checker to see if your landlord should protect your tenancy deposit in a government-backed deposit protection scheme.
A deposit protection scheme must be used to protect a tenant’s deposit. Check your tenancy rights and how to ensure the protection of your tenancy deposit.
A landlord should return your deposit when a tenancy ends. Check to see what you can do if your landlord refuses to return your tenancy deposit.
Landlords shouldn't make deductions from a tenancy deposit unless they can show financial loss. But they can make deductions from a deposit for ...
Court action to get your deposit back at the end of a tenancy is a last resort if your landlord fails to follow the rules to protect your tenancy deposit.
Getting an unprotected deposit back may involve negotiating with your landlord or having to take them to court to get your tenancy deposit back.