Yes, all deposits should be protected by your landlord.
Your landlord/letting agent must protect your deposit using one of the three authorised deposit protection schemes. Your landlord/letting agency can choose which scheme they protect your deposit in.
If at the end of your tenancy your landlord won’t return your deposit or wishes to make deductions from your deposit, you can contact the scheme’s dispute resolution service to decide how much you get back.
You may be able to get your deposit back from the scheme without going to court if you can't get in touch with your landlord at the end of the tenancy.
When you pay your deposit make sure you get a receipt.
Your landlord or agent has 30 days from when you pay your deposit to:
- Protect it with an authorised scheme
- Give you certain written information about the scheme
The deposit must remain protected throughout the tenancy.
If you are unsure whether your deposit is protected you can check on the three authorised deposit protection schemes' websites- Deposit Protection Service (DPS), Tenancy Deposit Scheme (TDS) and MyDeposits.