Students have been urged to be aware of a private landlord's legal responsibilities on tenant-deposit solutions.

Chris Neuss, advice co-ordinator at Swansea University student's union advice centre, told online university publication the Waterfront that landlords are required by law to inform prospective tenants in writing where they have placed their deposit within 14 days.

He added that deposits should be placed in a government-run Tenancy Deposit Scheme.

"This is the law,"Mr Neuss said. "If he [the landlord] does not you can take court action, and the penalty is three times the value of the deposit payable to the tenants."

According to figures published by government-approved scheme, tenants received all or part of their deposit back after taking legal action against private landlords in 91 per cent of cases during the third quarter of 2008.

However, the study also predicted that tenants were losing more than £15,000 a month by failing to stick to tenancy agreements.

Mr Neuss suggested that tenants take lots of photos when they move in to a property, take meter readings and get a signed inventory from their landlord.ADNFCR-2002-ID-19028523-ADNFCR

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