The Ultimate Tenant Protection Guide If you rent your house or apartment from a landlord on an assured short hold tenancy that commenced after 6th April 2007, then your landlord is required to place your deposit in a government tenancy deposit scheme. Under this scheme, your landlord is required to place your deposit into this scheme within 30 days of receiving payment. Moreover, when you vacate the property you and your landlord will agree upon any potential deposit deductions and the remainder will be returned to you within 10 days. Furthermore, your deposit will be protected by this scheme until you and your landlord have resolved any disputes; such as issues regarding the condition of the property. If you and your landlord cannot agree upon the amount of your deposit which you will retain, then your tenancy deposit scheme will offer a free dispute resolution service . If you and your landlord both agree to use this resolution service, then you will both be required to provide evidence regarding your deposit disputes. Utilising this evidence, the resolution service will decide who is at fault and how much of your deposit you are entitled to retain. Once this decision has been granted, it is final and you must adhere to it. As long as you have met all of the terms of your tenancy agreement, have not damaged the property, and have paid all of your rent and bills, then you will retain your deposit. Unfortunately, a Rent.com survey found that over 26% of renters have been denied their security deposits. Consequently, the following guide has been created to warn tenants how they can lose their rent and how to avoid any deposit related disputes. From cleaning your property to a suitable standard to comprehensively understanding your tenancy rights, this guide will demonstrate how you can resolve any issues with your landlord thereby retaining your full deposit.