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Ensuring you get your deposit back
Posted by Ed on 3 May 2018
For most students its final hurdle of the year now and with the last terms rental payments being made many will be looking forward to finalising exams, submitting those essays and making summer plans to travel, chill with friends or go back to their family home towns and knowing their deposits can help fund it….but can it? Do you deserve your deposit back? Here we look at a few tips on how to ensure you do your part to make sure that you get your full deposit back


The first thing all letting agents and landlords are going to look at is – the rent paid? If it’s not then that’s a sure way to lose your deposit, and more usually! SO make sure that you check with your letting agent, landlord and your written tenancy agreement to make sure that the full term of rent has been paid/is up to date

If you are behind, make sure you keep communication open and have a payment plan in place and try to stick to it and have the arrears cleared before you leave as you want that deposit back AND you want that good landlord reference too!


Have a think back to when you got the keys last year, how does the house compare now? Can you see an inch of dust along the skirting board and months old burnt cheese lining the bottom of the oven? Then you need to whip that place into shape. The second thing any letting agent or landlord is going to do is inspected the place. And while they expect for some wear and tear, they will also be expecting the place to be clean and tidy as the terms of any tenancy is to treat the property as if it was your own, keep it in good order and return it in the same condition it was received and if you can’t do that then expect to have to pay for it.

Cleaning materials cost around a pound per item, and between the house of people it’s easily done in a couple of hours, so set a date in your calendar near the end of the tenancy where you can group together, take a room each even, and blitz the place and using the money you’re going to get back as your motivation!


Remember that broken shelf you didn’t report…there is a chance you could be blamed for any damages in the house, particularly in your own room(s) that aren’t shared. If you know there is a maintenance issue or damage in the house then REPORT IT!

Letting agents and landlords will usually have photo evidence of the condition before any tenant moved in, so they will be referring back to these when you leave and any discrepancies will likely be the fault of the tenants and this can result in a claim against your deposit for damages. The landlord can make a claim against you for any losses they incur so be mindful of this and make sure you either get the repairs dealt with yourself or for anything serious concerning safety you call the letting agency or the landlord TODAY!


Vacating day is just that…we expect our keys back on the last day of the tenancy before the close of office like most agencies. Some landlord may book a check out with you face to face. Ensure that all your possessions are out of the house, the house is locked up secure and the keys are back on time. Up until those keys are back with the letting agent/landlord, you are still responsible for the property and liable to pay rent. If you pass the keys back 2 days late for example, a daily rent rate will be applied for you to pay for the extra time you have held on to the property and added to your account and may be deducted from deposit if not paid.

So the key rule to ensuring the return of your deposit is to remember that - you will have to compensate your landlord for any losses they incur - so do your best to ensure that this doesn’t happen and enjoy using that deposit on your summer break!
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