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Should my deposit be protected? "License to occupy"

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Hi all,

I’m a student, very new to renting privately. I’m renting a room in a 5 bedroom flat with my boyfriend. I thought we had signed an Assured shorthold tenancy so I’ve been seeking advice for that, but I’ve just perhaps realised we’ve signed a very different agreement a “license to occupy”. What does this mean to me living in this flat? 

Is the agency that we’ve rented through required to protect our deposit? What are our rights as tenants for the flat?

Is this a normal thing for landlords to use ?

Can we request to have an Assured shorthold tenancy if we should have one?

Any info at all relating to our situation is greatly appreciated. 

Many thanks,



Hi Rebecca

Tenancies are more common but a licence to occupy is also sometimes used for a house of multiple occupation. Essentially, this gives you less rights than a tenant – for example, you can be asked to leave on just 4 weeks notice. As far as I know, this won’t create an obligation for the landlord to protect the deposit (so the agent won’t be obliged to do it on their behalf). There’s some more info here.


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