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Getting your deposit back at the end of your tenancy

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05 September, 2018

With the uncertainty of the housing market, renting is becoming an ever-popular option when it comes to accommodation. For those who are on assignment, renting offers an easy way to secure accommodation quickly and is usually a relatively straight forward process.

At the end of your tenancy, the landlord must return your deposit, but unfortunately, this doesn’t always happen. Whether you receive your deposit back depends on the condition of the property when you hand back the keys. Even if you believe you have left the property in perfect condition, unfortunately, some savvy landlords will find a reason to withhold some – or all – of your cash.

Checking the condition of the property at the beginning of the tenancy and creating a list of anything damaged or not in perfect condition is an excellent way to safeguard your deposit. Then, in theory, at the end of the tenancy, you have covered yourself for any of the problems with the property that weren’t caused by you.

It’s also worth remembering that landlords often have their properties professionally cleaned before your tenancy begins, and it is your responsibility to ‘return’ the property to them in the same condition, which usually means organising and paying for a professional clean of the property yourself.

The most important thing is to communicate with your landlord before, during and after your tenancy. If any problems arise, tell your landlord as soon as you can.

Clearview Relocation provides several home search and settling in services to assignees moving to the UK. We provide representation at the check-in to ensure that the inventory is a true reflection of the contents and condition of the property to avoid any potential issues at the end of the tenancy.

We will ensure that the family is aware of how all the property installations work and arrange for the transfer of all utility accounts. If required, we can provide an on-going tenancy management programme where we can deal with the inevitable issues that come with renting a property along with negotiating the renewal of the tenancy if, and when, required.

We understand that the end of the assignment is far from straight forward. We have designed a range of pre-departure and departure services to support the assignee and arrange for the return of any deposits that may have been paid.

For more information or to speak to one of our expert relocation consultants, call 01635 239040 or email

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