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Foundation updates.

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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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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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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Katrine Sporle - Trustee

Katrine Sporle CBE joines as The Property Ombudsman in November 2015. Previously, Katrine was Chief Executive of the Planning Inspectorate for England and Wales, 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) 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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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 is Head of Sustainable Urbanisation at RICS. He has over 25 years’ experience as a senior manager within global organisations, leading multiple teams across dispersed locations. John’s professional experience includes policy formulation, negotiation, influencing, stakeholder engagement, market development, project managemement and governance reform.

Apply for Funding

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

This year’s focus

In 2021 -2022 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

We are particularly interested in receiving applications that seek to drive forward education and learning as well as dispute resolution, in light of the impact which Covid-19 has had on the Private Rented Sector.

Applicants are encouraged to think about how a project would be deliverable in the post Covid-19 world.

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.

Please note: We will not fund general workshop sessions for the time being.

For the coming round of bid funding, the maximum amount available for each individual project is £10,000.


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 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.  

We are currently welcoming bid funding applications with a deadline for submission being 5pm on Friday 27th August 2021. All applications received will be considered by the Trustees of the Foundation and organisations will be notified in September whether they have been successful.

Contact TDS Charitable Foundation

For further information: