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Citizens Advice Manchester – Chatbot launched

TDS Charitable Foundation and Citizens Advice Manchester collaborate to create a customer advice chatbot TDS Charitable Foundation and Citizens Advice Manchester have collaborated to create a fully functioning advice chatbot to extend further support to their customers. Chatbot Available for General Advice Initially working together in 2018, Citizens Advice Manchester secured TDS Charitable Foundation funding […]

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The TDS Charitable Foundation have released a digest of funded projects

The purpose of the TDS Charitable Foundation is to help raise standards in the private rented sector by supporting projects that aim to educate landlords and tenants of their respective rights and responsibilities. This new digest of projects has been released to showcase the excellent work delivered in recent years. Click here to read the TDS Charitable […]

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TDS launch the 2019-2020 Charitable Annual Review

TDS Charitable Foundation has released the 2019-2020 Annual Review. This review looks back on all the success’ the Foundation has had over the last 12 months and summarises the key information you need to know, all in one place. What is TDS Charitable Foundation and what’s the purpose? Launched in 2014, the mission of the TDS Charitable […]

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New additions to the TDS Charitable Foundation Board

I was thrilled to be asked a few months ago to join the TDS Charitable Foundation board. I am a firm believer that if landlords and tenants had a better understanding of how to let and rent a home, many of the problems that hit the headlines almost daily just wouldn’t exist. One of the […]

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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 totalling […]

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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.

Annual Review PDF downloads:

The TDS Charitable Foundation have released a digest of projects funded over the past 6 years; showcasing the excellent work delivered by those organisations who have received funding.

TDS Charitable Foundation Digest of Projects 2014-2020


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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David Cox - Trustee

David Cox became Rightmove’s Legal and Compliance Director in November 2020 following almost seven years at the helm of the property industry’s professional body, Propertymark. David is currently a Board Director of Rightmove Landlord and Tenant Services, a specialist tenant referencing and insurance provider as well as Rightmove’s other subsidiaries. A Barrister-at-Law, David was called to the Bar of Lincolns Inn in 2006.
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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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Kate Faulkner - Trustee

Kate is one of the UK’s leading property experts. She is passionate that most of the problems in the residential property market can be solved if the media, industry and government worked together to educate consumers on how to carry out property projects. To aid this, Kate has set up a free consumer site www.propertychecklists.co.uk and working groups for homebuying and selling and The Lettings Industry Council.
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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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John Kraus - Trustee

John has extensive experience as a senior manager within global organisations. For the past ten years he has focused on sustainability and professional and ethical standards in the built environment. John is currently Executive Director at IGS, an international body promoting innovative materials and applications to achieve sustainable outcomes in civil engineering.

Apply for Funding

Each year we select particular areas to focus our work and direct our funding. Please note: We are not currently welcoming applications for funding but details of future rounds will be confirmed in 2022.

This year’s focus

In 2021 -2022 the Foundation has sought 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.

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.


How to apply

When inviting applications for funding, 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 Guidance document . To apply for a grant, download the Application for Funding PDF form and save it to your computer, complete the form and return to us.  

Please note: We are not currently welcoming applications for funding but details of future rounds will be confirmed in 2022.

Contact TDS Charitable Foundation

For further information:

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