Moving out of a rented property means trying to do as much as you can to get the place looking good so you can get your security deposit back.
While often it feels like you lose money for some pretty simple things, your rights around getting your money are actually a lot more protected these days.
Once you and your landlord agree what figure you should receive, they have 10 days to give you the money back.
The issue often lines with coming to that agreement though.
Tenancy deposit protection schemes
Any deposit for a home with an an assured shorthold tenancy that started after 6 April 2007 must be placed in a tenancy deposit protection scheme (TDP).
The landlord must place it in one of these schemes within 30 days of getting it and should provided you with information about where it is held.
If your money is not held in one of these schemes, you can take your landlord to court and they may be forced to pay up to three times the deposit plus court fees.
When it comes to to the end of the tenancy, your landlord will provide documentation to explain how much of your deposit will be returned and what any of it has been spent on.
If you don’t agree with this, you can dispute it and the deposit will be held in a TDP scheme until the dispute is resolved.
If you need help agreeing on the final amount, the TDP schemes offer a free dispute resolution.
You don’t have to use the service and can try to work it out yourselves but if you hit a stalemate, it can be helpful.
Both you and the landlord have to agree to it. You’ll both be asked to provide evidence, and the decision made about your deposit will be final.