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Tenancy Deposit Scheme Checklist

Tenancy Deposit Service of the Year 2012


TDS 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. 
Tenancy Deposit Scheme is a multi-award
winning provider of deposit 
Tel: 01844 262 891

Thanks to the Tenancy Deposit Scheme this tenancy deposit checklist
is FREE of charge!


 Tenancy Deposit Scheme Checklist


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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
the property.
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
the deposit? 
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
reach agreement?

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
the landlord. 

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