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#ExpertView: The TDS Charitable Foundation Review 2017-18

  In this week’s #ExpertView article, Kelly Wallace, TDS’ Charitable Foundation Coordinator, discusses the TDS Charitable Foundation Review 2017-18. Set up in 2014 to raise standards in the private rented sector (PRS), the TDS Charitable Foundation has published its annual review which shows that 13 different organisations across England and Wales have benefited from grants […]

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Final call for TDS Charitable Foundation funding applications in latest round

Final call for TDS Charitable Foundation funding applications Organisations encouraged to submit bids for the next round of funding before Friday 5th January Foundation aims to top the half million-pound mark in its next round of funding Organisations that support landlords and tenants to improve standards and educate those involved in the private rented sector […]

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New Round of Bid Funding Announced for 2017

With a new year looming, the TDS Charitable Foundation have launched a new application ready for a new round of bid funding. More than £175,000 in grants has been given out by the TDS Charitable Foundation since it was established in 2014 by TDS, the UK’s leading insurance-backed tenancy deposit scheme. As the only not-for-profit […]

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Don’t miss out on £70K funding from TDS Charitable Foundation

Organisations that support landlords and tenants have just four weeks left to apply for a share of a £70,000 funding pot from the TDS Charitable Foundation. The amount of money available to fund innovative projects that benefit the private rented sector has been increased for 2016, and people are urged to submit their bids before […]

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TDS Charitable Foundation funds landlords research

Landlords need more industry and government support to stay on top of ever-changing regulations Property Expert Kate Faulkner’s research has found that landlords are such a diverse group of people that it’s almost impossible to reach them to communicate rules and regulations. Contrary to the popular misconception that landlords are ‘greedy’ entrepreneurs who ‘just sit […]

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Renting Resources

The TDS Charitable Foundation exists to raise the standard of private rented housing management, we provide resources for tenants, landlords and agents.

Tenant Guides

A wealth of help and advice
for tenants

Resources for Landlords

Information on Landlords’ rights
and responsibilities

Letting Agents Guides

Advice on best practice in the private rented sector from industry authorities

Housing Research

Academic research
& reports

Teaching Resources

Guides to help teachers and trainers


About Us

The TDS Charitable Foundation is a charitable incorporated organisation and is registered as a CIO with the Charity Commission for England and Wales.
(registration number: 1154321)

The TDS Charitable Foundation

Works to advance education about housing rights and obligations in general, and in particular about:

  • Best practice in the management of private rented housing
  • Legal rights and obligations of those involved in the provision or management of private rented housing
  • Using alternative dispute resolution for more efficient and effective resolution of disputes between landlords and tenants.

The 2015 Annual Review can be downloaded here: Annual Review 2015

The 2016 Annual Review can be downloaded here: Annual Review 2016

The 2017 Annual Review can be downloaded here: Annual Review 2017


We are funded mainly by donations from The Dispute Service – the leading Tenancy Deposit Scheme (www.tenancydepositscheme.com) which operates on a non-profit basis across the UK.

We operate in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. In Scotland, The Dispute Service is a partner in the SafeDeposits Scotland Trust which works towards similar goals in the Scottish private rented sector.


The Foundation can have up to nine Trustees at any one time.
It is currently Chaired by Martin Partington CBE, QC.

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Professor Martin Partington CBE, QC - Chairman

Martin has been Chair of The Dispute Service since May 2010. A leading authority in housing law, Martin worked as a Law Commissioner for England and Wales until 2008 and is an Emeritus Professor at Bristol University.
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Steve Harriott - Trustee

Steve is the Chief Executive of The Dispute Service, the UK’s only not for profit provider of tenancy deposit protection. He has worked as chief executive of three housing associations, and is currently chair of the Waterways Ombudsman Committee.
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Katrine Sporle - Trustee

Katrine Sporle CBE took up her current post as The Property Ombudsman on 1 November 2015. Previously, Katrine was Chief Executive of the Planning Inspectorate for England and Wales, which involved being responsible for all aspects of the Government Executive Agency. Katrine was also Executive Director and Chapter Clerk at Salisbury Cathedral, as well as Chief Executive of Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council.
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David Cox - Trustee

David Cox joined the Association of Residential Letting Agents (ARLA)(ARLA) as Managing Director in June 2014. He has a strong policy and stakeholder engagement background, having held previous senior policy roles at the National Landlords Association (NLA) and the International Union of Property Owners (UIPI). A trained barrister, David has also acted as Parliamentary Advisor to a well-known backbench MP.
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Peter Bolton King - Trustee

Based at RICS headquarters at Parliament Square, Peter oversees the institution’s global residential standards and professional groups. A regular media commentator, he joined RICS in 2012 and is a well-known and highly respected figure throughout the property industry.
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Sheila Manchester - Trustee

Sheila is Joint Managing Director and Editorial Director at Propertydrum Ltd., publisher of Propertydrum and The Negotiator magazines. Her property career spans 20 years, initially within a lettings group, then publishing magazines for ARLA, NAEA, ICBA and NAVA for many years before launching Propertydrum in 2009.
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Martin Blakey - Trustee

Martin Blakey has worked in student accommodation for over 20 years. As Chief Executive of the student housing charity Unipol, Martin has helped develop a portfolio housing 3,000 students in Leeds, provides services to around 15 HEIs, accredits just over 220,000 bed spaces and operates the main training programme for those involved in student accommodation.
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Alison MacDougall - Trustee

Alison is Director of Dispute Operations at TDS. She has been involved in dispute resolution for over 12 years, including senior positions at the Police Complaints Authority and the Office of the Independent Adjudicator for Higher Education. Alison joined TDS in 2007 as an adjudicator and is now responsible for the operational management of the dispute resolution team.
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Colum McGuire - Trustee

Colum McGuire is a Third Sector Campaigns & Policy Specialist. For two years he served as the Vice President (Welfare) at the National Union of Students covering housing, health, transport, finance and faith.

Apply for Funding

Each year we select particular areas to focus our work and direct our funding

This year’s focus

In 2019 the Foundation is looking to support projects which focus on one of the following themes:

Promoting knowledge of landlords’ obligations


Promoting knowledge of tenants’ rights & responsibilities


1. Promoting knowledge of landlords’ obligations

It is clear that the growth of the private rented sector has been fueled in recent years in part by the rise of the ‘accidental landlord’.  This is often a person who owns property but who is required by circumstances to let the property.  These landlords tend to be inexperienced and not fully understand the obligations that they have to meet as a landlord.

The Foundation invites proposals that will help to educate such landlords about the obligations of being a private landlord.

Please note: We will not fund general workshop sessions for the time being, except where applications are particularly innovative.

2. Promoting knowledge of tenants’ rights & responsibilities

The Foundation is aware that many tenants are not fully aware of their rights and responsibilities and the Foundation will invite proposals which will help educate tenants about their rights and responsibilities.

The Foundation invites proposals that will help to educate tenants.

Please note: We will not fund general workshop sessions for the time being, except where applications are particularly innovative.

 For the coming round of bid funding, the maximum amount available for each individual project is £5,000.meeting

How to apply

Bidders are asked to apply by submitting the application form below. This contains such aspects as:

  • Details of the person or organisation making the application
  • A description of the proposal
  • An explanation of how the proposal meets one of the themes above
  • Costs and timescale for completion
  • Key outcomes

Before applying for a grant, please take some time to read the TDS Charitable Foundation Bid GuidanceTo apply for a grant, download the Application for Funding PDF form and save it to your computer, complete the form and return to us.  


Contact TDS Charitable Foundation

For further information:

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01442 210 224

West Wing, First Floor
The Maylands Building
200 Maylands Avenue
Hemel Hempstead

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