Your deposit is your money. Your landlord should protect your deposit in one of the schemes below within 30 days of receiving it. If not, you could be due compensation of 1 to 3 times the value of the deposit.
You automatically have an assured shorthold tenancy if:
- you moved in on or after 28 February 1997 and
- you pay rent to a private landlord and
- you have control over your home so that your landlord and other people cannot come in whenever they want to and
- your landlord does not live in the same building as you and
- you are not living in university or college accommodation or business premises.
1 What you’ll need
2 How to check your deposit is protected
Is your tenancy deposit protected? Check online to see if your deposit is protected in a government-backed tenancy deposit protection scheme.
This applies if you have an assured shorthold tenancy that was started or renewed after 6 April 2007.
If you do not have an assured shorthold tenancy you will have a different process.