ABOUT US

Structure

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

LTF's member federations / organisations are from: Barking & Dagenham, Brent, Croydon, Ealing, Enfield, Greenwich, Hackney, Hammersmith & Fulham, Haringey, Islington, Kingston, Lambeth, Merton, Newham, Southwark, Sutton, Tower Hamlets and Waltham Forest. Some of our members also represent some housing association tenants - including Barking & Dagenham, Haringey, Sutton and Tower Hamlets. LTF's member from Merton is a housing association tenants federation. Catalyst Tenants Federation, the London Federation of Co-operative Housing and the National Federation of TMO's are also LTF members.

Each member organisation may elect two 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 organisations. LTF members share the chairing of its general and sub-regional meetings and conferences.

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

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.
  • LTF holds five general meetings including an Annual General Meeting each year that are open to LTF members.
  • LTF holds events and conferences which 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 data base includes a section for 'friends and contacts' who receive invites to some of its conferences and events and some of LTFs policy breifings and news updates. To join the LTF friends and contacts email list, please email us - info@londontenants.org
  • LTF has two part-time staff members - a co-ordinator and a project worker. Its current project work is focused on bringing together tenants, residents and other voluntary and community groups to influence large scale developments in London's two Mayoral Development Corporation areas - the Olympic Legacy area and the Old Oak and Park Royal area. These are currently funded by Trust for London and Governing the Future City, a UCL international research project.

A bit about LTF's history

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

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

The 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 does).

LTFF also had access to the London Housing Unit, which was later subsumed into the Association of London Government (ALG), as a resource to assist with the provision of information on changing national housing policy and its particular impact on London.

Members of the LTFF, 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 and line managed by Newcastle Fed, but who was accountable to the tenant organisations that formally set it up.

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 set their worker’s work plans, while the worker was directly employed and line managed by Camden Federation of Tenants and Residents Associaitons. The London Housing Unit / ALG Housing Steering Group agreed to fund the post on this basis from late July 2002. The same model continued to be used under London Councils (formally ALG) grants committee funding allocated from 2008-2012.

LTFF members agreed its first formal constitution in late 2002 and ‘Forum’ was dropped from its name. LTF's constitution was revised in 2007.

In July 2012 LTF formally registered as 'London Tenants' a company limited by guarantee and since 2013 had directly employed its own staff.