You may have to pay a tenancy deposit before you move in to private rented property.
When you pay a deposit, your landlord or letting agent must protect it through a government-backed tenancy deposit protection scheme.
Your landlord or letting agent must put your deposit in the scheme within 30 days of getting it.
You can use the Shelter: tenancy deposit protection rules to find out:
- whether your landlord has to protect your tenancy deposit
- what happens if your tenancy deposit is not protected
- how to get your deposit back