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Is the annual rent on your property less than £25, 000.00?
In that case the tenancy will be an assured shorthold tenancy unless you received a notice at the start of the tenancy specifically stating that it was not to be an AST.
This means that your deposit must be lodged with in a tenancy deposit scheme within 14 days of the tenancy. It will remain here, protected from bankruptcy of the agent, until your tenancy determines and you agree to a deduction/release of it with the landlord.
You should ask for details of the scheme, the landlord will provide it so that you can check that it has been properly deposited. Information here-
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