Most private landlords ask new tenants to pay a security deposit (sometimes called a bond).
A security deposit is different to a holding deposit. A holding deposit is paid to a landlord or letting agent to ‘hold’ a property while they carry out checks and references. For information about holding deposits see here.
The pages below will help you find out what a security deposit covers, how to make sure you get it back and where to get help if you can’t.
We have also produced a fact sheet on Paying a security deposit which explains the basic rules.