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Renting Homes (Fees etc.) (Wales) Act 2019

Holding deposits

26.The meaning of “holding deposit” is given in paragraph 4. A holding deposit is an amount paid to the landlord or letting agent to reserve a right of first refusal in relation to the grant of the contract of a rental property, subject to suitability checks to be carried out as to the prospective contact-holder, and agreement between the parties to enter into the contract. It must not amount to more than the equivalent of a week’s rent. If the amount of a holding deposit exceeds the equivalent of a week’s rent under the contract in question, the excess will be a prohibited payment.

27.For provision about how a holding deposit is to be dealt with once paid, see section 9 and Schedule 2.

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