In the UK, tenancy deposits are protected by the Tenancy Deposit Scheme:
- your deposit must be covered by such a scheme, and
- your landlord must provide you with certain information (the prescribed information) so that you can ensure that your deposit is covered, and identify it for later recovery or disputes.
An exception is deposits taken before 6 April 2007, before the relevant part of the Housing Act 2004 came into force. However, such deposits still have to be protected when the tenancy agreement is renewed.
At the end of your tenancy, to recover your deposit, you will need to provide the scheme with certain information.