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How will I know that my landlord will not withhold my deposit unfairly? What are my rights as a tenant?

It is important to be knowledgeable of your rights as a tenant before engaging into tenancy. Doing a little background check of the property can be the best way to ensure you can get your deposit back. There must be a detailed inventory agreed between the tenant and the landlord consisting of proofs like pictures to be able to compare the condition of the property and the things within it as well. A professional letting agency can handle the arrangements of inventory on behalf of both parties, ensuring a copy with a sign from both the landlord and the tenant.

If sudden damages happen during the tenancy it is always best to open up the situation right away and not ignoring it until the end of tenancy, by doing such you may be able to know what deductions will be made from your deposit and so that the landlord may arrange repairs ahead of time before new tenants take over the place. It is usually because of outstanding utilities and bills, rent arrears, maintenance fees and damages to property that causes a deposit to be compromised.

If you have finally moved out of the property it is then the landlord’s obligation to inform you of how much deposit will be returned to you and this happens within 10 days. If you are not satisfied with the agreed amount of deposit to be returned, then you can raise a dispute form the Deposit Protection Scheme. An adjudicator from the scheme will then check evidences from both parties on where deductions have been made with the deposit, this process continues until a final decision will be made and to be agreed by both parties.