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Tariff income

An amount of money it is assumed that a benefit claimant receives each week if they have a certain amount of capital.

Temporary accommodation

Housing provided for a limited amount of time. Local authorities often provide temporary accommodation to applicants owed the main housing duty, until more permanent accommodation becomes available.


A legal interest in land that gives the tenant exclusive possession of accommodation for a period of time.

Tenancy agreement

A written or verbal contract that sets out the rights and responsibilities of tenants and landlords.

Tenancy Deposit Protection Scheme

From 6 April 2007, all deposits paid for a new assured shorthold tenancy, have to be paid into a government-approved scheme.

Tenancy relations officer (TRO)

A person employed by the local authority to deal with cases of harassment and illegal eviction. Tenancy relations officers can prosecute landlords.

Tenants in common

A form of joint property ownership where the owners do not have to have equal shares in the property.

Third-party debt order

A court order that prevents a debtor accessing money held in a bank or building society account until the court decides whether the money should be used to pay a creditor.

Tied accommodation

Tied accommodation is accommodation provided by employers to employees in connection with their employment. This is also known as service accommodation, and can be provided to both public and private employees, for example resident wardens, housekeepers and NHS staff.

Title deed

The legal document that confirms who is/are the legal owner(s) of a property.


A civil wrong that is not a breach of contract, for example negligence, trespass or nuisance.

Tolerated trespasser

A tolerated trespasser is a person who was a secure tenant, but whose tenancy has come to an end pursuant to a court order and has remained in occupation of the premises.

Transfer document

The legal document that transfers ownership of a property from the seller to the buyer, also known as a conveyance.


To trespass means to enter a property (or land) without permission. A trespasser is often referred to as a squatter.

Trial bundle

The bundle of documents usually prepared and filed by the clamant before a trial, which generally contains all the documents relevant to the case.


A panel of people who can decide on appeals against certain decisions, for example housing benefit decisions.


An arrangement whereby control over property is passed to someone (the trustee) on the understanding that they will deal with it in the agreed way. The trustee is then bound to act in accordance with the trust.


A person or entity that holds the assets of a trust for the benefit of the beneficiaries, and manages the trust and its assets.


The person who is the creator of a trust (who normally places the original assets into the trust).