When new tenancy documents are being signed, landlords usually request that a deposit is made to cover for damages that may be incurred on the property during the period of tenancy. Landlords also usually take physical inventory at the start of the tenancy period. This information is combined with other information taken from routine inspections of the property at the end of the tenancy period. Deductions are then made if necessary. Tenancy deposits are also used to pay outstanding rent on the property.