Newcastle City Council receives funding to help local tenants

Newcastle City Council has received £12,000 funding from the TDS Charitable Foundation to develop a series of short educational films for tenants to help them understand their rights and responsibilities.

The project has been designed to educate tenants in Newcastle on how to navigate the often complicated private rental market and has been developed following research, which identified issues within the sector in Newcastle. The films will be a guide to private renting in the city, with each film covering a specific topic. Online assessments will also be available for users to test their knowledge on each topic.

The TDS Charitable Foundation was set up by TDS, the UK’s leading tenancy deposit protection scheme to improve standards in the private rented sector. In the latest round of funding it gave over £94,000 to 10 organisations across the country. Since its inception, the Foundation has provided over £400k in funding support for organisations across England and Wales.

Councillor Jane Streather, Cabinet Member for Housing and Public Health at Newcastle City Council said: “Whether you’re a student leaving home for the first time or someone looking for a new place to live there’s always a lot to think about. We know moving into the private rented sector can be an overwhelming experience if you don’t have the right advice and support.” 

“We’re delighted to receive this funding from TDS Charitable Foundation which will allow us to produce this series of educational films.  Topics include finding the perfect home, working out a budget and understanding a tenancy agreement and will help Newcastle residents through every step of the process in an informative and engaging way.”

Professor Martin Partington CBE, QC and Chairman of the TDS Charitable Foundation, said: “We’re proud to fund these educational films as they are a great way to help tenants understand their rights and responsibilities and what to expect from their landlord or agent. Newcastle City Council shares our commitment to raising the standards of private rented sector and we’re glad to be working in tandem to make a positive difference in Newcastle.

“The TDS Charitable Foundation goes right to the heart of the private rented market, with grants aimed directly at benefitting tenants and landlords in communities across England and Wales.”