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Provisions regarding paying a deposit to secure rented accommodation and recovering the deposit at the end of the tenancy.

General information on deposits

Definition and general information about deposits, including offsetting rent against deposit and statutory control on amounts. 

Statutory protection of deposits

Statutory requirements for the protection of deposits paid in relation to an assured shorthold tenancy. 

Help with paying a deposit

Options available to a person who is having difficulties paying a deposit to secure rented accommodation. 

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