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A robust inventory can turn the result of a dispute: Video interview with John King

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Have you ever doubted the importance of a good inventory? In this interview by Vanessa Warwick, John King (TDS Member Relations Manager) explains why a robust inventory is important for landlords, tenants, and agents alike. Watch the interview below.

Posted by on 17 March 2012

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Delivering proportionate justice: the case of TDS

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*Everyone knows that going to court is time-consuming and expensive.*

Posted by Martin Partington QC CBE, Chairman TDS on 12 March 2012

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When is a deposit not a deposit?

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Michael Morgan Readers of Letting Agent Today might have seen the heated response to the recent article Agents warned over illegality in taking tenants' money too early. The subject of what constitutes a deposit and what needs to be protected is a recurring one, and the impending Localism Act seems to have set the hare...

Posted by Michael Morgan, Head of Adjudication on 2 March 2012

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Taking positive engagement with agents and landlords to 'a wholly new level'

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*Today the consultation period on proposed housing legislation in Wales comes to a close.*

Posted by Steve Harriott, CEO on 17 February 2012

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When deposit disputes have been to court, pragmatism is the order of the day

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Painsmith Solicitors recently published an article highlighting the difficult process of releasing a deposit from the custodial scheme following a court hearing (which you can view here). The courts have wider powers of investigation and take precedence over tenancy deposit protection schemes.  As a result, TDS are not able to deal with cases where a claim...

Posted by Sandy Fisher, TDS Adjudicator on 7 February 2012

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Giving landlords a greater choice

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*The Tenancy Deposit Scheme has always been open to landlords, but it has widely been regarded as being the Scheme of choice for regulated letting agents. Now, in association with the Residential Landlords Association, TDS is able to deliver a competitive offering to landlords.*

Posted by Ben Beadle on 31 January 2012

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The year ahead for PRS and deposit protection

  *Just a few weeks in to 2012 and several studies and surveys have been published predicting some new trends and attitudes in the private rented sector. Although TDS may not feel the impact in the short term, there are things which everyone in the PRS should be mindful of. *

Posted by Chris Kendall on 19 January 2012

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Tenancy Deposit protection to cover the United Kingdom

It is likely that in 2013 tenancy deposit protection legislation will be in place to cover the whole of the UK.  In 2007 tenancy deposit schemes were introduced in England and Wales and now successfully cover over £2m tenancies in the private rented sector.

Posted by Steve Harriott, CEO on 8 December 2011

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The Localism Act: Long awaited clarity in deposit protection law

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Prof Martin Partington The Localism Bill became the Localism Act on 15 November 2011. In all the exciting stuff about the transfer of powers from central to local government, there is one section – 184 – which is of direct interest to all of us involved in the operation of the Tenancy Deposit schemes.

Posted by Prof Martin Partington, Chairman TDS on 1 December 2011

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Deposits - What the Private Landlords Survey Tells Us

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I have just been reading in detail the Private Landlords Survey (2010) published by the Department of Communities and Local Government. This is a survey of landlords and lettings agents who own and/or manage privately rented properties in England.  Its aim is to provide a snap-shot of the composition and experience of landlords and how...

Posted by Steve Harriott on 23 November 2011

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