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April 2007 saw the Government launch the Tenancy Deposit Protection (TDP) scheme, this scheme was conceived to make sure tenants’ deposits are protected.
There are three government-authorised tenancy deposit schemes offering tenancy deposit protection. If the tenancy is an Assured Shorthold tenancy then the landlord will need to place your deposit in one of these schemes. From April 2012 the rules changed and landlords/letting agents now have 30 days (it used to be 14) from taking the deposit from the tenant, to protect it in one of the three schemes and also give you the details of how the deposite is being protected.
Your landlord or letting agent needs to tell you:
If your landlord has not done this (with the new rules there is no opportuniy for landlords/letting agents to extend the 30 day period) you can:
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