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Tenancy deposits

Check the rules for tenancy deposits and holding deposits.

Find out about options if you cannot afford a deposit or rent in advance.

Use our guides to help get your deposit back on time and dispute unfair deductions.

Asked to pay a deposit?

Find out how much a landlord or agent can ask for and options if you cannot afford it:

Only pay a holding deposit if you are serious about taking on the tenancy:

Get your tenancy deposit back

Our advice guides have tips and letter templates:

Tenancy deposit protection

Find out about the tenancy deposit protection rules for assured shorthold tenants:

Last updated: 11 July 2022

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