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Deposits and Inventories (eLearning)

Taking a deposit from tenants is a valuable tool for landlords; it provides an additional layer of protection (after comprehensive referencing) in the event of rent arrears or damage to the property. However, since the introduction of the complex legislation requiring landlords to protect deposits, many landlords are uncertain with some choosing not to take a deposit at all in fear that they may get it wrong.


This course is designed to navigate the complex laws on deposits so that landlords can be confident to complete their own inventories, take and protect deposits and deal with disputes with ease. Please note: this course does not qualify you to become an inventory clerk.

Course Content

This eLearning course is in 3 parts and provides interactive learning resources and knowledge checks. There is no test for this course but on completion learners will be able to download a certificate for their records. It carries 3 CPD points.

  • Deposits and the Law - This section will look at your obligations in protecting a security deposit and what it means if you get it wrong. Penalties can be high so this section will give you the knowledge you need to ensure you get it right.
  • Inventories - Failing to make a comprehensive inventory will virtually render any deposit taken as worthless. In order to be able to claim for damages landlords must be able to evidence the condition of the property. This section provides practical tips, including example video and photos.
  • Handling Disputes - In most cases landlords and tenants are able to mutually agree any deductions. However, in the event of disputes the tenancy deposit schemes arbitration process is available. This section provides practical tips along with the DPS interactive case studies which allows you to put yourself in the shoes of the adjudicator.
Please note: The licence will last for 12 months from the time of purchase.
RLA Member
from £28.00
Non Member
from £35.00

Continuous Professional Development

Remember that Continuous Professional Development points (CPD) apply to RLA courses. You can also get CPD points for being a member of the Residential Landlords Association.

What else can apply to my CPD?

Residential Landlords Association Accreditation Scheme

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This course is worth 3 basic CPD points with the Residential Landlords Association Accreditation Scheme

RLAAS is a national scheme who aim to encourage, acknowledge and actively promote good standards and management practice by owners and to assist owners and tenants to undertake their respective responsibilities to each other.

RLAAS is open to all landlords who operate in the private sector, and accreditation is FREE. Members of RLAAS also receive a discount when enroling for a course operated by the Residential Landlord's Association.

To find out more, and what RLAAS means to landlords and tenants across the country, visit the RLAAS website.

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