London Tenants Foundation

A secure home and a seat at the table for all London's social housing communities

We bring together social housing tenant organisations from across the capital to act on matters that affect our homes and communities.

Find out more about how we work

London's council rent scandal

Average London council rents increased by 77% from 2002-2018, despite the government’s 1% per year rent reduction between 2016-2020.

With the rent cut ending next year, we are calling for a thorough tenant-led discussion about social rent setting.

Click here to read our Treasurer Ron Hollis’ case for a tenant-led discussion on social rents.

Tenant democracy at every level

Accountability at the grassroots is essential to successful decision-making at the regional and national levels. It is also essential to how London Tenants Federation works. Click on the icons to learn more.

Local

Landlord-wide

Regional

National

Tenant democracy starts at the grassroots

A few neighbours come together to set up a Tenants and Residents Association (TRA), Housing Co-op or Tenant Management Organisation (TMO).

These are a great way to unite the community and amplify your voice when approaching decision-makers and landlords. They are also:

Local: typically covering a single neighbourhood or estate
Open: any resident can take part, become a member and put themselves forward for the committee
Accountable: committee members are elected at General Meetings typically once a year
Local reps join forces to hold their landlord to account

Local tenants organisations are stronger when they work together with others who share the same landlord (housing association or council). These groups provide strength in numbers and enable tenants reps to share knowledge and expertise.

There are more than a dozen borough-wide tenants groups across London, and some housing association groups. These include:

Southwark Group of Tenants Organisations (SGTO)
Tower Hamlets Federation of Tenants and Residents Associations (THFTRA)
Sutton Federation of Tenants and Residents Associations (SFTRA)
Catalyst Residents Federation
Landlord-wide organisations join forces across the capital

London Tenants Federation brings together over a dozen borough-wide and landlord-wide tenants organisations alongside London’s TMOs and social housing co-ops. Everything we do, whether at regional or national level, is informed by evidence from the grassroots level. This includes:

Interrogating the London Housing Strategy and other Mayoral policies that effect social housing tenants
Pooling knowledge, skills and training across the capital's social housing tenants
Lobbying the government to do more for social housing in London
Working with other community and voluntary sector groups, including on the Mayor's London Housing Panel
A national movement for tenants?

We’ve recently successfully campaigned for the Mayor to set up the London Housing Panel to bring together community and voluntary sector groups from across the capital to inform the Greater London Assembly’s work around housing. Next stop: Westminster.

The Social Housing Green Paper floated the idea of a national representative body for tenants and there has since been much discussion about how to make this happen. Our Members believe that landlord-wide tenants federations, fed by a thriving network of local TRAs, TMOs and co-ops, could provide the strong foundations and grassroots accountability that would give such a body the legitimacy it needs to succeed.

News

The latest from LTF and our Members
Blog
December 5, 2019

Tenants associations, organisations and co-ops across London are using social media to bring their communities together, celebrate their achievements and get the word out about their events and campaigns. This free social media training is for those who want to get online but don’t know how or for those who…

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Blog
October 31, 2019

2019 has marked 100 years since the Addison Act brought decent low-cost rented housing to working class households across London. From July onward, London and the country as a whole has lit up with social housing estates and neighbourhoods holding parties and events to celebrate the milestone. Ampthill Square Tenants…

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Blog
October 22, 2019

One of our Reps, Pat Turnbull, was recently published in Act Local, a collection of essays by Centre for London. This was her contribution.

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Our Partners

We are proud to work closely with the London Federation of Housing Co-ops (LFHC) and the National Federation of Tenant Management Organisations (NFTMO).

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