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Groundbreaking training partnership launched

  A groundbreaking 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 […]

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TDS Charitable Foundation looking to back research centre

The Trustees of the TDS Charitable Foundation have announced that the Foundation is seeking expressions of interest from organisations looking to establish a dedicated research centre for the private rented sector in England and Wales. The Foundation works to advance education about housing rights and obligations in the private rented sector. Making the announcement, Martin […]

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Promoting knowledge and bettering the private rented sector for Landlords and Tenants

We have some funds to give away! Bids must meet the aims of the TDS charity which are set out on the site – apply for funding here. Deadline for application is the 12th December. Key points: The Rise of the ‘accidental Landlord’ These landlords tend to be inexperienced and do not fully understand the […]

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Annual review published this week

In its annual review published this week, the TDS Charitable Foundation has revealed it provided £100,000 of funding for educational projects in its first year of operation. The Foundation aims to promote education for tenants and landlords in the private rented sector, and to raise standards in the industry. Commenting on the report, Chair Professor […]

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Law for Life report – Legal information and training for tenants

Commissioned by the TDS Charitable Foundation, Law for Life has produced a short report assessing the legal information and training resources available for tenants in the private rented sector. Their initial findings indicate that: Information and training resources are needed which address the needs of the most vulnerable and least legally capable amongst tenants in […]

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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

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Links to relevant Government
reports and legislation

Housing Research

Academic research
& reports


 

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.

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We are funded mainly by donations from The Dispute Service – a leading tenancy deposit scheme 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.


Trustees

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 Boston Mayflower housing association.
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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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Nick Hankey - Trustee

Nick is the Deputy Chief Executive (Resources) of The Dispute Service. Nick is a qualified accountant who joined TDS in September 2011. He has held a number of senior finance director posts in the private sector.
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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.
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Katharine Sacks-Jones - Trustee

Katharine is Director of Agenda, the alliance for women and girls at risk. Before joining Agenda, Katharine was Head of Policy and Campaigns at Crisis, the national charity for single homeless people. Katharine previously led the Public Affairs function of a welfare to work provider and spent several years working in Parliament. Katharine is also a trustee of Bail for Immigration Detainees.

 

Apply for Funding

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

This year’s focus

In 2016 the Foundation is looking to support projects which focus on one of the following themes:

Promoting knowledge of landlords’ obligations

or

Promoting knowledge of tenants’ rights & responsibilities

We are also looking to commission individuals or organisations to produce training materials, which will be made available through the TDS Charitable Foundation free of charge.

 

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. We have commissioned a set of workshop materials to be available through us free of charge, and we expect this to be generally available by the end of March 2016.

 

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.  A particular focus of this will be the student market.

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. We have commissioned a set of workshop materials to be available through us free of charge, and we expect this to be generally available by the end of March 2016.

3. Commissioning a feasibility study on establishing a dedicated research centre for the private rented sector in England and Wales

The TDS Charitable Foundation would be interested in receiving proposals for funding a feasibility study as to whether such a dedicated PRS research centre could be established for England and Wales. The study would look at the provision for, and dissemination of, information in the private rented sector for landlords and tenants.

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How to apply

Bidders are asked to apply by submitting a proposal of no more than six pages including the following details:

  • 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, complete and return the Application for Funding form. The deadline for applications for the next round of funding is 31 March 2016.

 

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What happens next?

The next deadline for applications is 31 March 2016.

Contact TDS Charitable Foundation

For further information:

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01442 218 031

Unit 1, The Progression Centre,

42 Mark Road,

Hemel Hempstead,

Herts

HP2 7DW

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