Found the perfect student flat for you and your friends?

You've probably been asked to pay a deposit.

Your landlord or letting agent must pay your money into a tenancy deposit scheme to keep it safe.

This is the law in Scotland.

You should receive confirmation your deposit is protected from your landlord or letting agency and the scheme.

Check your tenancy agreement to find out exactly why your landlord may want to deduct money from your deposit after you move out.

For example, do you need to have the property professionally cleaned before you leave?

When you move out, you and the landlord or letting agency must log in to the scheme's website to confirm how the deposit should be repaid.

If everyone agrees, the scheme will pay out the deposit as requested.

If your landlord or letting agency wants to keep any of your deposit for reasons you think are unfair, you can refer the repayment to the scheme's adjudication service.

This means an impartial person will decide what repayment is fair based on information provided by you and your landlord or letting agency.

SafeDeposits Scotland is Scotland's leading tenancy deposit scheme. We are free to use and approved by the Scottish Government. You can find out more about deposit protection and resolving disputes on our website.