Housing Research

Articles and research papers

Research by Kate Faulkner of Property Checklists

Report 1: Who are the landlords?  TDSCF Report 1 who are our landlords final

Report 2: Accidental landlords.  TDSCF report 2 The impact of accidental Landlords on the PRS final Aug 1

Report 3: Enforcement of Rules and Regulations. TDSCF report 3 Enforcement

Report 4: How do we stamp out damp, condensation and mould? TDSCF Report 4 – Damp, Mould and Condensation

Report 5: Reducing conflicts between tenants, landlords and letting agents. TDSCF Report 5 – How can conflicts between tenants, landlords and letting agents be reduced?

Report 6: What tenants need to do to rent TDS Report 6 – What tenants need to do to rent

Report 7: What are the real legal requirements and costs of letting a property, and how can we communicate them better to landlords and tenants? TDSCF Report 7 – What are the real legal requirements and costs of letting a property

Report 8: What levels of return do buy to let investors expect and need their property investment to deliver, when and how? Report 8: What levels of return do buy to let investors expect and need their property investment to deliver, when and how?

Report 9:  Has the private rented sector grown because people want to rent, or because they cannot afford to buy? Has the private rented sector grown because people want to rent, or because they cannot afford to buy?

Report 10:  Motivating landlords and tenants on their rights and responsibilities. Motivating landlords and tenants on their rights and responsibilities 

Report 11: What do parents buying a property for their children’s student accommodation need to know? Would
they be better off using bespoke student accommodation instead?
What do parents buying a property for their children’s student accommodation need to know? Would they be better off using bespoke student accommodation instead?


Law for Life: the Foundation for Public Legal Education

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TDS Charitable Foundation has funded law for Life to research the information needs of people living in the Private Rented Sector and to produce some AdviceNow leaflets.

What is Law for Life?

Law for Life: the Foundation for Public Legal Education is an education and information charity that aims to increase access to justice by providing everyone with an awareness of their legal rights together with the confidence and skills to assert them. Law for Life believe that everyone should understand their legal rights and obligations, and know how to gain redress through the legal system. Yet most people struggle to cope with legal issues, and often don’t know where to go for help. Being able to cope with family and housing issues, sorting out employment and benefit matters or difficulties with goods and services is crucial. These issues are the cornerstones of everyday life that can become drivers of poverty and inequality if left unresolved. Law for Life have the expertise, the practical experience, and the tools to work with any organisation that wants to support the legal needs of their service users.


Charity Annual review

The TDS Charitable Foundation exists to raise standards in the private rented sector (mainly through the promotion of education in rights and responsibilities of landlords and tenants) and to promote the wideruse of Alternative Dispute Resolution mechanismsand to deal with tenant and landlord disputes.