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Deposits in private tenancies

Private landlords and letting agents can charge up to 2 months' rent as a deposit.

Usually they must pay it into a deposit protection scheme. The scheme can help decide how much you'll get back if there's a dispute.

If your deposit was not protected when it should have been, you can apply to a tribunal for compensation.

Last updated: 9 April 2024

Housing laws differ between Scotland and England.

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