Check if your tenancy deposit is protected

How to check

There is no one way or central place to check if your landlord has protected your tenancy deposit.

The 3 tenancy deposit scheme providers each have a website you can use to check. 

You'll have to supply your rental property postcode, tenancy start date, tenancy deposit amount and the tenant's name.

Tenancy Deposit Scheme (TDS)

Deposit Protection Service (DPS)


Tenancy deposits previously protected by Capita Tenancy Deposit Service are now protected by mydeposits.

Who should check

Only check if you have an assured shorthold tenancy.

Landlords don't have to protect your tenancy deposit if you are a lodger or a student in halls.

What to do next

Your landlord now has 30 days from when you pay your deposit to: 

  • protect your tenancy deposit with a government-backed scheme
  • tell you which scheme they've used
  • give you certain information about the scheme

If they don't, you can take your landlord to court to claim tenancy deposit compensation.

Compensation can be between 1 and 3 times the amount of your deposit.

Different time limits apply to deposits paid before 6 April 2012.

If your deposit isn't protected

You can take steps to get your deposit protected and can claim compensation.

Follow our 5 step guide: how to get a landlord to protect your tenancy deposit.

If your deposit was protected late

Find out how to take court action to claim compensation.

If your tenancy deposit was protected in time

Find out how to get your deposit back at the end of your tenancy.

Last updated 31 Oct 2017 | © Shelter

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