Half a million tenant deposits protected by DPS

Most surprisingly, £15,000 worth of deposits were registered on Christmas Day and £10,000 worth of deposits were registered between 11pm and midnight on New Year’s Eve – proving that there is always a good time for landlords to register.

Kevin Firth, director of the DPS, said: "As we near the end of the third year of tenancy deposit legislation, these figures just go to show that more and more landlords and agents are complying with the law – the DPS is still registering over 200 new landlords everyday.

"With the UK economy facing tough times ahead and some mortgage lenders still reticent to lend, indicators suggest that a rise in the private rented sector could be likely as potential homebuyers are still forced to consider renting. If they do, it is important for them to remember that their deposit has to be protected with one of the three Government-approved schemes.

"As the only scheme to physically hold onto a deposit free of charge, our service is the most independent and secure because a tenant’s deposit under our protection remains safe even if the landlord or letting agent goes into administration."

The DPS holds onto a tenant’s deposit for the term of the agreement and is funded entirely by the interest earned from deposits held in the scheme. Under the legislation, landlords who fail to register a deposit face being fined up to three times the value of the deposit and losing their eviction rights.

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