London Assembly Housing Committee investigation into tenant involvement in governance of social housing (post-Grenfell)
In the past there was general agreement that good management and maintenance of our homes depended on having active locally-based tenant associations with good local contacts and knowledge. With a responsibility to negotiate with landlord officials on behalf of others, tenant representatives could raise problems early and work with others to ensure that money spent on resolving problems locally, borough- or landlord-wide, was well spent.
Over a number of years this more democratic and accountable approach has increasingly shifted toward landlord selection of tenants to serve on their boards or panels leaving many tenants isolated, disengaged and indeed vulnerable (with the Grenfell tragedy being the worst possible example).
We now have an opportunity for wider discussion on this through a London Assembly Housing Committee investigation into tenant involvement in governance of our homes, post-Grenfell. So far, the investigation has focused on landlord input, but from late April it will focus on tenants. LTF will be involved in co-ordinating a range of social tenants’ groups to provide evidence to the committee as well as encouraging them to make written submissions. For more information, email us on firstname.lastname@example.org
London Tenants Federation