How To Get Your Student Housing Deposit Back

How Long Does it Take To Claim Back an Unprotected Tenancy Deposit?

When you start the academic year, paying a hefty housing deposit is not exactly at the top of the list of things you want to be doing, but this is how your landlord knows that you won’t wreck the place or try to do a runner without paying rent! However, getting your full deposit back on your student accommodation is known for being tricky, but it doesn’t have to be!

Check out our a few of our top tips on getting your full housing deposit back.


Always get a written receipt for the money paid

This should have your landlord’s name and address on it.

Take pictures when you move in and when you move out

Label your photographs with dates and explanations of what they depict. Pictures can be very useful in proving what the condition of the property was when you arrived and when you left. For example, if there was a big stain on the carpet when you moved in and your landlord tries to charge you for it when you move out, you have proof that it was created prior to your moving in.

Agree an inventory with your landlord before you move in

Your landlord will almost always have a checklist that’s lists everything in the property when you move in, and this is something you should check closely, otherwise you could get charged for loss or damage to items that you didn’t even realise weren’t yours!

Draw their attention to any outstanding repairs or damage by previous tenants

If you make changes to the inventory, ensure both parties sign and date that they agree with these changes.

Keep a record of any correspondence with your landlord about repairs

Always try to get this is writing (email is good) as you will then have a recorded document of what was said and agreed. Trying to prove conversations that have been made in person or via telephone calls is very difficult!

Make sure your deposit is in a deposit protection scheme

Since April 2007, all private landlords are legally obliged to hand over your deposit to a Tenancy Deposit Protection scheme, a government-run scheme which is there to prevent landlords from withholding money from their tenants on unfair grounds.

If your landlord fails to lodge the deposit with one of the 3 tenancy protection schemes within 30 days of the date on which the deposit was provided, then the landlord will be subject to a penalty, and you may be entitled to £1000’s!

If you’ve just discovered your tenancy deposit wasn’t protected in a government approved scheme by your landlord then start your claim now.

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The Law

Landlords have an obligation to pay deposits received from Tenants into a deposit protection scheme.

The law states that every Landlord who takes a deposit from a Tenant has to protect that deposit by lodging it with one of 3 tenancy deposit protection schemes.

The basis for this requirement is to stop Landlords utilising a Tenants deposit monies as income elsewhere and to make it easier to obtain the return of your deposit when a Tenancy comes to an end.

The three schemes are:

The Claim

If a Landlord fails to lodge the deposit with one of the 3 tenancy protection schemes within 30 days of the date on which the deposit was provided by the Tenant the Landlord will be subject to a penalty.

The penalty is likely to be between 1-3 times the amount of deposit paid.

Landlords continue to ignore the law in this regard and to assist Tenants (we do not act for Landlords) we have a team of experienced lawyers operating on cases around the UK enforcing Tenants rights against Landlords and obtaining compensation on behalf of Tenants from Landlords who have failed to comply with their obligations.

Start your claim now

Our Fee

Our review of the claim questionnaire is free.

All claims are dealt with under “No Win No Fee” agreements and the work is conducted by a panel of specialist Solicitors from start to finish.

No payment is required at the outset to start your claim.

You will also be offered After the Event Insurance for increased protection against any adverse costs.

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