Invaluable Start to the TDS Members Forum

The invaluable results of the first major consultation through the TDS Members Forum come into effect next month. These cover the rules of the Tenancy Deposit Scheme and in particular the time allowed for referring disputes.

From 6 April 2011, disputes arising from new tenancies covered by TDS – not renewals or extensions - must be referred to the Scheme within three months from the end of the tenancy. The current six month rule will still apply for existing tenancies.

There are also changes to the Scheme rules covering the time limit for how long deposits are protected when membership of the TDS ends. This brings the TDS approach into line with the other deposit protection schemes. TDS has also made a number of housekeeping changes which make the rules easier to understand and a minor change to the prescribed information and clauses included in Assured Shorthold Tenancies.

Details of the rule changes have been circulated through the members’ newsletter and are also available on the TDS website.

Commented Chief Executive Steve Harriott, “These changes may appear relatively minor but they concern every landlord, tenant and agent and the mandatory obligations. We wanted to ensure that they were clear and easily workable for everyone. To achieve this, the work of the Members Forum has been invaluable.”

The Members Forum was established last autumn.

14th March 2011

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