LTF is a Company Limited by Guarantee with charitable objectives, having the potential to become a charity. Our company name is London Tenants (like its website and email addresses). Link here to the company Articles of Association

LTF members include the majority of London’s existing local authority tenants’ federations / borough-wide organisations including from Barking & Dagenham, Brent, Croydon, Ealing, Enfield, Greenwich, Hackney, Hammersmith & Fulham, Haringey, Islington, Kingston, Lambeth, Southwark, Sutton, Tower Hamlets and Waltham Forest. Some of these also represent housing association tenants. London Federation of Housing Co-ops and National Federation of TMOs are member organisations as are Merton Tenants and Residents Association and Catalyst Tenants Federation (of housing association tenants).

Each member organisation may elect up to two representatives and two deputy representatives to regularly attend LTF general meetings. Elected representatives are responsible for bringing local issues into London-wide debates and for feeding back to the members of their own organisation.

LTF members share the chairing of our general and sub-regional meetings and conferences.

LTF directors and delegates to other forums are elected at our Annual General Meetings.

ASSOCIATE MEMBERSHIP is £25 a year (but please let us know if your TRA can’t afford this amount). Please email us know if you would like to be come an associate member. Link here to a standing order form send for your bank, with LTF bank details included. Just complete the rest of the form. Do check, however. that your bank doesn't require that you complete their own standard form.

Associate members are invited to attend our open meetings, events and conferences, receive LTF briefings, e-bulletins and newsletters.

Operations & Functions

  • LTF operates in a bottom up fashion, ensuring full discussion on issues before agreeing (by consensus) responses to consultations or formulating agreed policy positions.
  • Our members are responsible for overall housing and planning policy positions of our organisation, while our directors are responsible for operational matters including finances, fundraising and staffing of the organisation.
  • We hold five general meetings each year including an Annual General Meeting which are are open to LTF members and sometimes associate members.
  • We also hold meetings, events and conferences that are open to London council and housing association tenant representatives and sometime to members of other community and voluntary sector organisations that have an interest in housing, planning and community related issues.
  • LTF currently has one part-time staff member (a co-ordinator) and is in the process of advertising for a part time communications coordinator / manager.
  • Our current funding is for project work with resident and community groups in the Old Oak and Park Royal Development Corporation area where we support a large network of community groups; the Grand Union alliance. The funding is provided through a UCL academic; Jenny Robinson, as part of a project called ‘Governing the future City’. The project is being carried out with other academics - from Shanghai and Johannesburg. This work ends in April 2018.
  • LTF has new funding from Trust for London which will be available from March 2018. We are in the process of apply for match funding to support this work. We will also be carrying out some work in 2018 with Professor Lorretta Lees (from Leicester University) on displacement of tenants in estate regeneration schemes.

A bit about LTF's history

Tenant federations from across London were meeting together regularly from the early 1980’s, when at that time, both workers and elected tenant representatives from council and private tenant organisations attended the meetings.

By 1990 this informal group had named itself the London Tenants Federation Forum. It drew up a ‘terms of reference’ and forum rules. Meeting of minutes show that the council tenant federations that were most active in those meetings were from Merton, Camden, Hounslow, Hammersmith & Fulham, Islington, Lambeth, Lewisham, Newham, Southwark, Waltham Forest and Westminster.

LTFF focused then, much as LTF does now, on sharing and exchanging information and setting out where joint and consensus work could be carried out. It had a rotating chair for its meetings (as it still has).

LTFF also had access to some support from the London Housing Unit, which was later subsumed into the Association of London Government (ALG). The London Housing Unit provided LTFF members with information on changing national housing policy and the particular impact of this in London.

Members of the LTFF, along with other tenant federations from across the country, were involved with the formation of the Tenants Resource and Information Service (TRIS). TRIS had a worker who was based at Newcastle Fed, but was accountable to the tenant organisations that formally set it up TRIS.

By the late 1990’s fewer London council tenants’ federations were attending LTFF meetings and a proposal to revive the organisation with the support of a part-time worker was discussed. The proposal included the adoption of the TRIS (Newcastle model), where LTFF members were to determine their worker’s work plans and focus, while their worker was directly employed by Camden Federation of Tenants and Residents Associations.

The London Housing Unit / ALG Housing Steering Group agreed to fund the post on this basis from late July 2002. The LTTF became LTF in 2003 and its funding continued until 2008. Following this LTF was funded by London Councils' grant committee.

In 2012 LTF registered as a company limited by guarantee and has since 2013 employed its own staff members – generally one part-time staff member but sometimes two. LTF has had a variety of funding since to 2013 – mostly for specific project work relating to large scale developments (particularly in London’s two Mayoral Development Corporation areas).