How much is my deposit and what happens to it?
A tenancy deposit offers the landlord peace of mind, that when the tenancy ends you will leave the property in good condition and you will have acted in line with the tenancy conditions
Under the Tenant Fee Act 2019 if your tenancy is an Assured Shorthold (AST) then there is a limit to the amount of deposit a tenant can be required to pay. For tenancies with a rent up to £50,000 per annum this is no more than the equivalent of five weeks’ rent. For tenancies over £50,000 per annum this will be no more than the equivalent of six weeks’ rent. There is no restriction for tenancies which are not ASTs.
At KFH we protect tenant deposits for ASTs with the Tenancy Deposit Insured Scheme (TDS), which is run by The Dispute Service Ltd. This is one of the Government approved schemes and you can find more details on www.tds.gb.com. However, sometimes a landlord will wish to take responsibility for protecting your deposit with this scheme, or with one of the others.
As well as requesting cash deposits, some landlords will agree to accept a deposit guarantee product instead. It is then up to the tenant to decide which method they wish to use; a landlord cannot insist on the tenant using a guarantee product.
Many KFH landlords will accept a Zero Deposit Guarantee (ZDG) instead of a cash deposit, whereby the tenant enters into an arrangement directly with the guarantee provider. A typical cost to the tenant is the equivalent of one weeks’ rent and the cover is up to the value of six weeks’ rent.