Money Off-campus living

Moving on: Make sure you get your deposit back

For many of you, the end of semester will bring the end of your tenancy and you will no doubt be looking forward to getting your deposit back.  So to make sure that your move out goes a smoothly as possible here’s some handy advice on deposit return, and where to get support if you need it.

Make sure you leave everything in tip top condition:

  • Take meter readings again and let the suppliers know that it’s the last day of your tenancy.
  • Check your inventory and take any necessary photos.
  • Remember, it’s up to you to replace light bulbs and fluorescent tubes.
  • Clean and tidy the property or you may be billed for the cleaning
  • Take all your belongings with you, or make sure any unwanted items are disposed of (don’t forget the University’s Give it don’t bin it campaign)
  • Don’t stay longer than you should and remember to return your keys on time.

How Deposit Returns work 

Your deposit should be protected in an independent deposit protection scheme and it should be given back to you at the end of your contract.  If your landlord does want to make a deduction from your deposit, they need to inform you in writing within 28 days of the end of tenancy and they need to give you a detailed breakdown of what they are deducting and why you are liable to pay for it.

If you don’t agree with what they want to charge you, speak to your landlord to see if you can reach an agreement about how much should be deducted. If that doesn’t work, you can raise a dispute with your deposit protection scheme and they may offer an Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) service.

Check out Manchester Student Homes  guide to getting your deposit back and remember you can contact them if you need any help and advice about your end of tenancy arrangements and how getting your deposit back should work.