Deposits, Retainers and Guarantors


A deposit is a security payment.  It is very common to pay a deposit when signing a contract.  Deposits should be returned to you in full when you move out unless the landlord has a reasonable claim to withhold it.  When you pay your deposit make sure you obtain a receipt.

Once you pay your deposit, you must be sure to take an inventory of the property. 

What is an Inventory? 
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From 6th April 2007 all tenancy deposits taken by landlords/agents in relation to Assured Short-hold Tenancies in England and Wales will be covered by the Tenancy Deposit Protection Scheme.  For more information visit about deposits visit

 Retainers    Guarantors
  • Some landlords ask for a retainer to cover the property over the summer period,
  • It is normally for half the rent and it does not allow you to live in or enjoy full occupancy of the property
  • If you pay full rent you are entitled to stay in the property
  • A guarantor is someone who agrees to cover a tenant against non-payment of rent. 
  • It is not necessary to have a guarantor when you rent a property, but some landlords may ask for one or may request several months rent in advance. 
  • It is important that whoever agrees to be your guarantor is clear about their obligations. 
  • If you are in a Joint and Several Contract with other people, make sure that each tenant has their own guarantor and that each guarantor has an individual contract for one tenant only. 


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