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Briefing paper: Assessing compliance with deposit protection requirements

Protecting tenant deposits in a government-backed tenancy deposit scheme is mandatory across the UK. This briefing paper identifies what information is currently available that could be used to assess compliance with deposit protection requirements.

  • Survey data cannot be directly compared with the deposit protection data to determine the scale of non-compliance. An estimate of the total number of deposits that need protecting is currently lacking.
  • Court and tribunal statistics, national registration schemes and HMRC data are alternative data sources that can be used to help assess compliance.
  • The top priority for change would be to include a question about the nature of tenancies in the national housing surveys. This would allow for a more precise estimate of those that should be covered by the deposit.

Authors: Dr Jennifer Harris and Prof Scott Orford


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Date: September 3, 2020 9:01 am

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