As of April 06 2007, all statutory tenancy deposit schemes apply to Assured Shorthold Tenancies where a deposit is taken in England and Wales.
Tenancy Deposit Scheme
There are two types of schemes, a Custodial Scheme and Insurance based. For clarification, the Custodial Scheme (DPS) is free to landlords and tenants, whereby the deposit is paid into and held in a separate account managed by the Scheme. The second scheme is an Insurance based scheme is paid by the landlord or agent, but is free to the tenant and allows the landlord or agent to hold the deposit for the term of the tenancy. ChampionHolmes is registered with the DPS.
Your deposit will be held by the Deposit Protection Scheme, witch is a Government authorised service, unless otherwise directed. For clarification, the Custodial Scheme is free to Landlords and Tenants, and any deposit is paid into and held in a separate account managed by the Scheme. Please be advised if you decide not to proceed with the tenancy your deposit (or part of deposit) will used to reimburse the landlord. (calculated at a daily rental rate from non marketing of property)