TDS Tenancy Deposit Protection Scheme

Tenancy Deposit Scheme (TDS) is a government-approved, award-wining tenancy deposit protection scheme. We protect tenancy deposits and provide an impartial adjudication service to resolve disputes relating the deposits we protect. We offer an insured and custodial scheme.

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What is a tenancy deposit protection scheme?

A tenancy deposit protection scheme is a government-approved organisation that protects tenancy deposits. They ensure deposits are safeguarded during tenancies and returned to landlord and tenants at the end of a tenancy.

Why do I need to protect my deposit?

The Housing Act 2004 requires deposits for assured shorthold tenancies to be protected in a government approved scheme, like ours.

Deposits must be protected within 30 days of the start of a tenancy.

At the end of the tenancy, after an amount has been agreed, letting agents and landlords have 10 days to return the deposit to the tenant. If there is a dispute over the amount to be returned, your tenancy deposit protection service will provide adjudication to resolve the issue.

Why choose the TDS tenancy deposit protection scheme?

TDS is the longest running tenancy deposit protection scheme in the UK. We offer the cheapest pay-as-you-go insured scheme in England and Wales*.

We pride ourselves in providing the best service for our members and customers. That is why our calls and emails are answered faster than any other tenancy deposit protection scheme in England and Wales.

We are also the only not-for-profit scheme in England and Wales. Our surpluses are used to improve our already multi-award-winning service.

Which TDS tenancy deposit protection scheme should I choose?

The choice of scheme is entirely up to you. Both our insured and custodial schemes have their own benefits:

TDS Insured

  • Cheapest pay-as-you-go insured protection scheme in England and Wales*
  • You keep your deposit
  • Simple and easy to use

TDS Custodial

  • Free to use
  • We hold the deposit and administer the repayment
  • Hassle-free way to protect deposits

How do I join TDS?

Joining TDS is simple:

  • Choose between insured or custodial protection
  • Create a free TDS account
  • Register your deposit(s)
  • Pay a small fee (insured) or transfer the deposit to us for free (custodial)

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*for RLA members through DepositGuard.