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Deposits

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

Tenancy deposit rules

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

Deposit protection rules

Rules for protecting a deposit received on or after 6 April 2007 in a tenancy deposit protection scheme, including when a tenancy is renewed on or after that date. 

Prescribed information

Full list of prescribed information that must be served on the tenant and any relevant person. 

Time limits for compliance

A landlord or agent must protect a deposit paid by an assured shorthold tenant and provide the prescribed information within the statutory time limit. 

Financial sanctions

Financial sanctions for not complying with the tenancy deposit protection scheme rules 

Notice restrictions

Restriction on use of section 21 notice if landlord has not complied with the tenancy deposit protection scheme rules 

Approved schemes

Tenancy deposit protection schemes can either be custodial or insurance-backed. 

Return of deposits from custodial schemes

Return of the deposit under a custodial scheme, and potential disputes, including in cases of absent or uncooperative landlord or tenant. 

Return of deposits from insurance schemes

Return of the deposit under an insurance scheme, and potential disputes, including in cases of absent or uncooperative landlord or tenant. 

End of deposit protection

When a deposit ceases to be protected under an insurance scheme before the tenancy comes to an end. 

Disputes about return of tenancy deposits

How disputes about the return of the deposit at the end of the tenancy can be resolved. 

When a landlord changes

The rules governing the return of the tenant's deposit when there has been a change of landlord. 

Deposit help

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

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