Briefing paper: assessing compliance with deposit protection requirements

In each nation of the UK, legislation requires landlords to protect tenant deposits in third party schemes. This requirement has been in place for some considerable time. In addition, from 1st June 2019 landlords in England can only charge 5 weeks’ deposit for new and renewed tenancies.

In Scotland the deposit cannot exceed two months’ rent payable. There are currently very few datasets or estimates of compliance with the requirement to protect deposits. Although there are anecdotal reports of non-compliance, how many landlords are taking deposits but not
lodging them with one of the approved schemes is currently unknown.

Author(s): Jennifer Harris, Scott Orford
Published: 03 September 2020
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