How do I make sure my deposit is protected when renting a house?
Asked on Dec 18 2012,
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When you are renting a house in the UK these days, there are new laws which have come into play specifically with the intention of making sure that your deposit is protected. Once you have paid your deposit, the landlord must pay it into an account with the Deposit Protection Service.
This was brought in so that there can be a fairer process for resolving any disputes between landlords and tenants over the repayment of a deposit at the end of your tenancy, and to act as the mediator in these.
Once you have paid, your landlord should be able to give you an ID number specifically for your tenancy, and you can use this to log into the Deposit Protection Service's website to make sure that your deposit is there and check other intricacies of the deal you have with your landlord.
And then when your tenancy has come to an end, either yourself or your landlord can apply for your deposit to be paid straight into your account. The most important thing though is to ensure that your landlord pays it into the Deposit Protection Service, so ask them when you are going to rent out your flat.
Answered on Dec 21 2012,
It is compulsory nowadays to protest every deposit by a deposit protection scheme run by the government. If your landlord does not protect your deposit in any one of the government scheme this is then considered illegal and you may be entitled 3x amount of the deposit
Answered on Jan 4 2013,
You have to ensure that the 'deposit guaranteed scheme' applies to lease through agents or private landlords. Some are really odd and just keep your money because they pay for professional cleaning of property etc. Even if you have it done, most landlords would prefer not to get such bad reputation. It depends on their market of clients.
Answered on Mar 14 2013,
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