Unfortunately it is all too common for tenants to end up in dispute with their landlord at the end of the tenancy over the deposit - the landlord wants to keep the deposit for various reasons and naturally the tenant wants their money back.

Here are the grounds under which your landlord CAN keep your deposit or part of it:

  • to cover damage to the property or furnishings
  • to replace missing items
  • for cleaning
  • for unpaid rent

On the other hand, your landlord CANNOT keep your deposit for the following:

  • the effects of general wear and tear
  • anything that has not caused your landlord financial loss
  • cleaning, repairing or replacing items on anything other than a like for like basis

NOTE: When you start a tenancy it is advisable to agree a proper inventory with your landlord.





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