A new partnership between the Residential Landlords Association (RLA) and the TDS Charitable Foundation will help charities and other organisations offer free training on how to rent properties.
Developed by the RLA and funded by the TDS Charitable Foundation, the train2rent scheme will see groups such as housing associations, trusts and residents’ groups given access to specially created training packs, including all the materials needed to deliver a course about renting a property.
There will be separate packs for landlords and tenants, which will include the course presentation and workbook, a timetable for the trainer and practical exercises.
The landlord resource will include details of legal responsibilities, Right to Rent checks, protecting deposits and starting and ending a tenancy.
The tenant resource covers topics including the legal rights and responsibilities of landlords and tenants, how to find a property and different types of tenancies.
Robert Maccabe, training and development manager for the RLA, said: “The Residential Landlords Association is delighted to be working in partnership with the TDS Charitable Foundation on this project.
“This is a great opportunity for small organisations and groups to raise standards and created better working relationships as the private rented sector grows.”
Chair of the TDS Charitable Foundation Martin Partington said: “It has been a common theme in the bids we have received that small organisations have wanted funding to produce educational materials or host a workshop. The trustees felt that our money was better spent commissioning a set of materials that these groups could use, free of charge, to deliver the same outcome.
“We are very pleased that tenant and landlord groups throughout England will now be able to benefit from the training packs, and approach their tenancies better informed.”
The course applies to properties located in England and the licence to use the resources will last for 30 days.