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Deposits - information for tenants

Deposits - information for landlords

At the start of a tenancy most private landlords ask new tenants to pay a deposit (also known as a bond) in case the tenant damages the property or doesn't pay the rent or bills. If you take a deposit it must be logged with a government backed protection scheme.

Find out more about deposit protection schemes (link opens in a new window)

You should return the deposit, in full, to the tenant when the tenancy comes to an end, as long as the tenant hasn’t damaged anything and doesn’t owe you any unpaid rent. You can make deductions from the deposit for damage to the property, unpaid rent, missing items or to cover the cost of cleaning the property. Tenants are entitled to see receipts for any items that have been deducted from the deposit money.


Tenants are only required to clean any items soiled above normal wear and tear.


As a landlord you can deduct as much as is needed to repair or replace any items that have been damaged on a 'like for like' basis.

Wear and tear

You cannot keep deposit money because of general wear and tear to the property. Photos should be taken of the condition of the property at the start of a tenancy.

Rent arrears

If a tenant owes rent when they leave a property, you can deduct the outstanding amount from the deposit. If the tenant owes more than the value of the deposit, you can take the tenant to court to get the rest of the money back.

Contact us

Private Housing (Environmental Health) Team
Hull City Council
Alfred Gelder Street

Tel: 01482 300 300
Text phone: 01482 300 349

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