Even with the deposit cap in England, tenancy deposits still represent a significant sum of money to tenants. It is therefore understandable that you’ll want to avoid losing any of that deposit amount when you come to leave the property.
The ideal scenario is that both the landlord and the tenant have a satisfactory outcome at the end of the tenancy, so it pays for all parties to follow a few simple practices during the rental term.
From a tenants perspective, here are three ways you can avoid rental deposit disputes in your tenancy:
You can download the full tenant’s guide on the points above in the TDS Information Lounge: How to Get Tenancy Right
Kate Faulkner, a well-known property expert, also covers these points and more in the tenant checklist, which TDS helped her to put together. We recommend you use it to avoid deposit disputes: Kate Faulkner Tenant Property Checklist
Tenancy Deposit Scheme (TDS) is a Government-approved scheme for the protection of tenancy deposits; TDS offers both Insured and Custodial protection and provides fair adjudication for disputes that arise over the tenancy deposits that we protect.
Your landlord or letting agent can protect your deposit using our TDS Custodial Scheme where TDS hold the deposit for the duration of the tenancy. Join TDS Custodial for FREE today
Alternatively, your landlord can protect your deposit using our TDS Insured Scheme. Where your landlord holds the deposit during the term of the tenancy. Join TDS Insured here.
We provide invaluable training in tenancy deposit protection and disputes for agents and landlords through the TDS Academy as well as joining with MOL to provide the Technical Award in Residential Tenancy Deposits.
TDS can only comment on the process for our scheme, other deposit protection schemes may have a different process/require different steps. Content is correct at the time of writing.
These views are those of the author alone and do not necessarily reflect the view of TDS, its officers and employees.