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Q: Are deposits always charged by landlords and letting agents?

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Nearly always. The only landlords and letting agents who do not ask for a deposit tend to be the ones who specialise in letting property to people on benefits. In these cases they understand that the tenant has to wait for benefits before they can pay the rent.

The Schemes ensure your landlord cannot deduct whatever he wants from the deposit if the two of you disagree. You can find out more at deposit disputes [link to deposit disputes page]