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

Net Zero

To attain the Mayor of London’s target for London to meet net-zero by 2030, many council and housing association tenants can anticipate refurbishments works to their homes.

Over 35,000 homes on 100 plus London estates are at risk of demolition.

Together with Just Space, we launched Estate Watch in 2020 to provide information, resources and mutual support for communities going through estate demolition.

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 borough- landlord- and neighbourhood-wide tenants organisations alongside London’s TMOs and social housing co-ops. Everything we do, whether at the 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
September 23, 2022

On 7th September 2022, the London Assembly Planning and Regeneration committee held the first of two meetings about the future of planning in London. The committee had invited civic and community groups to the meeting to comment on the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on the communities they work…

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Blog
July 24, 2022

The Welfare Reform and Works Act 2016 required social housing tenants’ rents to be decreased by 1% each year for four years from 2016. Rents had increased significantly through the Government’s 2002 policy of ‘rent restructuring’ which aimed to bring council rents up to higher housing association rents levels.  Levels…

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Blog
July 15, 2022

Key info: Date: 28 July Time: 2 pm – 3 pm Where: Zoom, email sarah@londontenants.org for the Zoom link Topic: Project-specific meeting — updates on the Central Corridor network’s work collectively mapping an alternative to the Mayor’s Central Activities Zone (‘CAZ’) Action items: (1) Help identify council and housing…

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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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