When you move into rented accommodation, most private landlords or letting agents ask for a deposit. This section explains what a deposit is for, how you can get help to pay your deposit, and what you should do if you have trouble getting your deposit back when you move out.

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  • Tenancy deposit schemes

    Landlords have to register your tenancy deposit within 30 working days of the tenancy starting, find out more about Scottish tenancy deposit schemes here.

  • Unprotected deposits

    Not all deposits need to be registered. This page explains which deposits don't need to be registered, what a deposit covers and how to get your deposit back.

  • Help paying for a deposit

    Struggling to raise the money for your rent deposit - a deposit guarantee scheme could help you.

  • Making an inventory

    An inventory lists the contents of a property. Having an inventory is important to help get your deposit back and get repairs done as it should describe the condition of the property as well.

Speak to a Shelter Scotland adviser

Call Shelter Scotland's free housing advice helpline

0808 800 4444
9am-5pm, Monday to Friday

Email an adviser

You can also email a housing adviser. We aim to respond within three working days.

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