Deposit Holding Scheme
If you have unwittingly entered into an agreement to rent a property from a social tenant and paid a deposit, then that deposit must be protected by the landlord putting it into a deposit holding scheme.
This is so, in the event of a dispute when the unwitting tenant moves out, the holding scheme will arbitrate between the two parties.
Even if your social tenant landlord has not given you a tenancy agreement, that doesn’t mean you have any less rights in terms of your relationship with them.
If they haven’t given you an agreement, then you’ll be regarded as an assured shorthold tenant which means you remain in the property for at least six months so long as you continue to pay the rent and do not cause any problems.