Holding on to existing social rented homes and keeping tenants and residents united

Published on January 12, 2022

Published on January 12, 2022

We must make the strongest possible case for the refurbishment of social rented homes. If we don’t, tenants and leaseholders will continue to be displaced from their communities; public land on housing estates will continue to be handed to developers to build luxury flats and the funding allocated for desperately needed additional social rented homes will be prioritised instead for replacing demolished homes.

Plans for regeneration/demolition can go on for many years. Older residents find that friends and neighbours they have known for decades are gradually being displaced and that they suffer deteriorating health conditions as a result.

Tenants that are moved temporarily, with promises of a return to a redeveloped estate, will also find that their temporary move is for many years.

Despite landlords being required to engage with tenants and leaseholders at the early stages of any regeneration plans, most will already have decided what they want to do before starting any consultation. Tenants and residents will find that have to work hard to avoid always being on the back foot.

This briefing provides suggestions on essential ways of dealing with this.

The briefing was also produced for Estate Watch