Make deposits more affordable

Right now it costs an average of £1,107 to put down a deposit on a new home to rent.

This is a huge amount of money to raise, particularly when you already have a similar sum already locked away in a deposit protection scheme for the home you are leaving.

The deposit allows landlords to recover the costs of damage or unpaid rent. But at the point you're signing a new tenancy, you will have normally paid the last month's rent. You should therefore be able to access an equivalent amount from the current deposit, subject to conditions.

We, the undersigned, call on the Housing Secretary to introduce a system of deposit passporting where tenants can transfer a portion of the deposit on their current home to their new home. This would mean needing to find less cash at a time when tenants are already stressed out.

Who's signing

Stephanie Potter
Lynne May
Gemma Shaw
Asiye Aydin
Amanda Stuart
Catherine White
Cerian Tatchley
Andrew Bryant
Michael Lewis
Emma Bailey
lisa cargill
Sara Bellisio
Lesley Pilkington
Katie Smith
Anne-Marie Maycock
Cheryl Gallacher
21 signatures

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  • Stephanie Potter
    signed 2019-09-03 21:14:04 +0100
  • Lynne May
    signed 2019-09-03 20:16:38 +0100
  • Gemma Shaw
    signed 2019-09-03 17:14:59 +0100
    This must change! I just moved last month and had to fight for our deposit returned – we are still awaiting a portion owed!
  • Asiye Aydin
    signed 2019-09-03 16:46:14 +0100
  • Amanda Stuart
    signed 2019-09-03 15:57:00 +0100
  • Catherine White
    signed 2019-09-03 15:51:27 +0100
  • Cerian Tatchley
    signed 2019-09-03 07:29:25 +0100
  • Andrew Bryant
    @AndrewBryantNew tweeted link to this page. 2019-09-02 01:23:22 +0100
  • Andrew Bryant
    signed 2019-09-02 01:22:56 +0100
    Not sure why landlords need the deposit.
  • Michael Lewis
    signed 2019-08-30 23:54:53 +0100
  • Emma B 🐧
    @Snuggles84 tweeted link to this page. 2019-08-30 19:07:21 +0100
  • Emma Bailey
    signed 2019-08-30 19:07:10 +0100
  • lisa cargill
    signed 2019-08-30 14:07:04 +0100
  • Sara Bellisio
    signed 2019-08-30 13:43:01 +0100
  • Lesley Pilkington
    signed 2019-08-30 13:03:03 +0100
  • Katie Smith
    signed 2019-08-30 12:55:29 +0100
  • Anne-Marie Maycock
    signed 2019-08-30 12:26:02 +0100
  • Cheryl Gallacher
    signed 2019-08-30 12:05:52 +0100
    Cheryl Gallacher