Does the Tenant Need to Pay a Deposit?


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No, a tenant does not need to pay a deposit, except when insisted upon by the landlord or letting agent.

A tenancy deposit is a deposit made by a tenant at the beginning of a tenancy contract as a measure of security towards ensuring that the tenant does their part as specified in the contract. At the end of the contract, the landlord will inspect the property, along with their inventory list from the start of the tenancy agreement and routine checks to see if any payments need to be made on damages by the tenant and, if any, deduct the cost of repairs from the deposit and refund the balance to the tenant or the entire deposit if there is no need for deductions.

A tenancy deposit can also be used to cover outstanding rent or other required payments not made by the tenant.


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