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|Is your deposit properly protected? Any tenant
renting with an assured shorthold tenancy must
by law have their deposit protected by their
landlord in a government approved scheme. The
Tenancy Deposit Scheme is a multi-award
winning provider of deposit protection
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Tenancy Deposit Scheme Checklist
|Start of the tenancy|
|A tenancy deposit on an Assured Shorthold Tenancy must be protected with
a government authorised scheme. Confirm that your tenancy agreement is an
Assured Shorthold Tenancy.
|Check the deposit has been protected by the landlord or agent within 30 days with one of the government approved schemes;
|Has your landlord or agent given you prescribed information about deposit protection within 30 days?|
|Does the prescribed information include an official leaflet from the Scheme administrator– such as this one from TDS?|
|Check there is information about your deposit protection in the tenancy agreement.|
|Check that your tenancy agreement states what your deposit can be used for|
|Check your landlord or letting agent has carried out a detailed inventory and/or
check in report.
|Check the inventory against the property on move in date. Give the landlord
or agent any amendments as soon as possible.
|Sign and date the final version of the inventory and keep your copy safe.|
|During the tenancy|
|Keep a written record of all communications with the landlord during the tenancy.|
|Obtain and keep written permission from the landlord to make any changes to
|Obtain and keep written permission if having a pet. If you pay a separate pet deposit
make sure it is also protected.
|End of the tenancy|
|After you give notice to leave the property, ask the landlord or agent to inspect for potential deductions from the deposit which you could resolve before leaving.|
|Check the condition of the property against the inventory before you leave.|
|Are you expected to have the property professionally cleaned when you leave?|
|Has your landlord notified you promptly if they intend to make deductions from
|Has the landlord justified deductions from the deposit? For example with inventories, photos, or receipts?|
|If you disagree with deductions, have you negotiated with the landlord to try and
|If there is no other way to reach agreement, consider raising a tenancy deposit dispute.
An impartial adjudicator from the Scheme which protects your deposit will decide
how much is deducted.
|Raise the dispute within three months of the end of the tenancy. Send documents relevant to support your case such as inventories, photos and communications with