Funding to teach tenants and help landlords to learn


Media Release: 22 May 2015

Organisations supporting education of tenants and landlords are being offered funding from the TDS Charitable Foundation.

The Foundation, which launched in 2014, has already funded a range of projects across the country including funding for the NUS to train renting students across the country, open door information events for landlords in Bradford, an information campaign by a community radio station in Wolverhampton, and literature on a new landlord licensing scheme in Brent .

The Foundation is offering to fund projects up to £20,000, with the aim of promoting higher standards in the private rented sector through better awareness amongst tenants and landlords.

Chair of the TDS Charitable Foundation Professor Martin Partington said;

“We are especially looking to help inform the growing number of ‘accidental’ landlords, who did not intend to become landlords when they acquired a property. They often have limited knowledge of their responsibilities, leaving both them and their tenants at significant risk.”

It has also announced that it is now looking to commission renting experts to create a package of workshop training material.

Martin Partington continued ;

“We have been overwhelmed in the past year by the number of organisations looking to provide workshops and presentations, so we now aim to provide our own workshop material available to all. We are very keen to hear from individuals and organisations who share our aim of promoting standards in the sector to create training material.”

The deadline for applications is 4 June 2015 and can be made via the TDS Charitable Foundation


Examples of online resources funded by TDS Charitable Foundation:

Ready to Rent, NUS

Housing Rights, Chartered Institute for Housing

Equalities Guidance for Landlords, Caerphilly Count Borough Council

Media contact:
Chris Kendall
T: 01442 780560


Do you want to teach tenants and help landlords learn?


If you want to help educate landlords and tenants, we want to hear from you.


TDS Charitable Foundation offers funding to projects which advance education about housing rights and obligations, in particular in private rented accommodation.

We are now open to applications, and the form to fill in is here on our site. In addition this year we are now looking to commission experts in the field to produce training materials which TDS Charitable Foundation will make available to all those who want to help inform tenants and landlords – if you think you have the expertise we want to hear from you.


Can you help?


It is likely that this work will involve taking an established guide/handbook on tenants and landlords rights and responsibilities and producing a trainer’s guide, PowerPoint slides, handouts and exercises which local groups could use to run their own workshops.


Organisations and individuals who wish to be considered to undertake this work should contact the Foundation and provide a brief outline of their relevant experience. We aim to produce one set of materials to support tenant training and another set to support landlord training. info@tdsfoundation


We are still welcoming bids for funding on other projects which aim to promote awareness of tenants’ rights and responsibilities and of landlords’ obligations.


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 tenants 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.


The next round of applications closes on 31st May – follow this link to apply for funding.