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    Is there anywhere on the net that gives the info about TDS? Also can any of you clever people answer me a question please.
    Does the sheme say that there has to be an "independant" inventory clerk to do the inventory? Does this mean that agents can not use there own staff ans most seem to do at prescent?
    Thanks
    I am here because I am inexperienced and want to learn.

  • #2
    Have a look at the Communities and Local Government website.

    All you had to do was type "tenant deposit protection scheme" into any search engine.

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    • #3
      Originally posted by boredbird View Post
      Is there anywhere on the net that gives the info about TDS? Also can any of you clever people answer me a question please.
      Does the sheme say that there has to be an "independant" inventory clerk to do the inventory? Does this mean that agents can not use there own staff ans most seem to do at prescent?
      Thanks
      my deposit was guaranteed. the inventory just has to be the official one you receive when you take on your tenancy, it's just so the council don't get any ludicrous claims on it during the time period they are guaranteeing it.

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      • #4
        Thanks MAOH
        I am here because I am inexperienced and want to learn.

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        • #5
          Thank you Poppy, I never thought of that !!!
          I am here because I am inexperienced and want to learn.

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          • #6
            All,

            One thing I'm not clear on here with regards these TDS's

            I have given my deposit to my Estate Agent, and re-sign my AST every 12 months. This year, can I request it is moved to a TDS?

            I believe they keep it with a 3rd party, but even so, I can still request the above can't I?

            Thanks

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            • #7
              My understanding is that if you re-new an existing AST after the TDS comes into effect then yes the deposit will need safeguaring with a TDS

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              • #8
                For those of you who still don't know the website where you can obtain all the information you need is www.tds.gb.com
                The advice I give should not be construed as a definitive answer, and is without prejudice or liability. You are advised to consult a specialist solicitor or other person of equal legal standing.

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                • #9
                  Boredbird,

                  A lot of agencies who have previously taken inventories in-house are now looking to inventory companies to do them instead. An inventory does not need to be done by an independant clerk. However, independent inventory clerks do specialise in making inventories and therefore it is helpful to have one done independently.

                  It is a common problem among landlord-made inventories that there is not enough detail to cover all eventualities. Inventory companies know what to look for and what needs to be included on an inventory.

                  There is more information on my website, including another link to the Tenancy Deposit Scheme: http://www.about-inventories.com

                  Hope this helps.

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                  • #10
                    Flawed Website

                    Originally posted by Hayley View Post
                    Boredbird,

                    There is more information on my website, including another link to the Tenancy Deposit Scheme: http://www.about-inventories.com

                    Hope this helps.
                    Your website does not conform to trading standards requirements, as you do not provide (or at least I could not find) contact details nor the status of the firm or individual operating the site.

                    I appreciate that your site is home-designed, nevertheless you should adhere to good practice if you expect customers to part with money.

                    As a start I suggest you log onto W3C to test your html coding. You will find that most pages fail the first level of validation.
                    On some things I am very knowledgeable, on other things I am stupid. Trouble is, sometimes I discover that the former is the latter or vice versa, and I don't know this until later - maybe even much later. Because of the number of posts I have done, I am now a Senior Member. However, read anything I write with the above in mind.

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                    • #11
                      Esio,

                      Thank you for your comments. There is in fact a "Contact Us" button on both the top and bottom navigation bars. However, if you find that these are not conspicuous enough then I will make them more so.

                      Please clarify for me what you mean by the "status" of the firm and individual operating the site.

                      Regarding what you call "good practise" I have done so to the best of my ability, but I always welcome further comments from customers or viewers such as yourself.

                      Finally, regarding validation, some of my pages will indeed fail a validation test as a horizontal bar (<HR size=5 width="70%">) does not validate.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Esio Trot View Post
                        Your website does not conform to trading standards requirements, as you do not provide (or at least I could not find) contact details nor the status of the firm or individual operating the site.

                        I appreciate that your site is home-designed, nevertheless you should adhere to good practice if you expect customers to part with money.

                        As a start I suggest you log onto W3C to test your html coding. You will find that most pages fail the first level of validation.
                        I have to agree with comments made here and having looked at some sample pages on the site, would even have to question whether they are comprehensive enough. "Walls scuffed". To what extent? In need of complete decoration or just some touching up? How could a judge rely on this if presented with a landlord saying the room needed redecorating and a tenant saying that there were a couple of marks 2-3cm long and hardly noticable.

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Hayley View Post
                          There is in fact a "Contact Us" button on both the top and bottom navigation bars. However, if you find that these are not conspicuous enough then I will make them more so.
                          It is actually a legal requirement to supply an address on websites when selling goods or services.

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                          • #14
                            I'm not qualified to comment on the legalities etc, but if I may make a constructive criticism, you really ought to lose that dreadful italicised font. It's very difficult to read!

                            Just been back to look, and further to what others have said about contact info etc: whatever the legal requirements, it's an oft-stated reccomendation that you shouldn't trust a website selling anything where you can't verify it's genuine... in your case, you've obviously taken the decision to make this an email-only operation, and that means that no phone number, address, nothing... ie you could be a spotty teenager in his back bedroom in Japan trying to turn a fast buck - OK, not really, and I'm not implying you're anything but straight and honest, but all I'm saying is it certainly won't inspire much confidence in potential customers.

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by Hayley View Post
                              Boredbird,

                              A lot of agencies who have previously taken inventories in-house are now looking to inventory companies to do them instead. An inventory does not need to be done by an independant clerk. However, independent inventory clerks do specialise in making inventories and therefore it is helpful to have one done independently.

                              It is a common problem among landlord-made inventories that there is not enough detail to cover all eventualities. Inventory companies know what to look for and what needs to be included on an inventory.

                              There is more information on my website, including another link to the Tenancy Deposit Scheme: http://www.about-inventories.com
                              Hope this helps.
                              I haven't looked at this website nor do I intend to. All I can say is that any serious player involved in inventory compilation should join the AIIC (Association of Independent Inventory Clerks). There are minimum standards and requirements concerning insurance indeminity. I expect them to grow under TDS!
                              The advice I give should not be construed as a definitive answer, and is without prejudice or liability. You are advised to consult a specialist solicitor or other person of equal legal standing.

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