Tenant representatives in London have been going above and beyond to help their neighbours during the Covid-19 lockdown. London Tenants’ Federation (LTF) has sent an update about what they and individual tenants’ groups have been doing in response to the pandemic.
Together with other renters’ groups, LTF called for an eviction ban, and for better support for those in housing need. The eviction ban was supported by the Mayor of London and was announced within the week by the Prime Minister
Social housing tenants’ associations prove their worth
The London Tenants’ Federation has written a blog about the importance of tenants’ associations during the pandemic, which features how the Southwark Group of Tenants Organisation (SGTO) – one of the last funded, borough-wide tenants’ federations – have been able to help Southwark tenants.
“If there has been one positive to come from the tragedy and upheaval of the past month, it has been the revival of public awareness that yes, we do need our NHS, social security and public services, and yes, cutting these institutions to the bone may have been a false economy after all. More local to home, social housing tenants’ federations, increasingly running on little or no funding, are proving their worth.
Like other community and voluntary sector groups, many Tenants and Residents Associations (TRAs) across the country have come into their own during this crisis, helping vulnerable neighbours and finding social distancing-friendly ways to keep children entertained.”
Read more on the London Tenants’ Federation blog
Research on working from home
If you have had to work from home during lockdown, Dr Frances Holliss at Sir John Cass School of Art, Architecture and Design might be interested in your experience. She is looking at how compulsory home-working has affected people with a range of living situations. She is particularly interested in those coping with less space and no garden, and perhaps also affected by the bedroom tax. Contact Dr Holliss with a photo or description.
London Estate Watch
Over 100 London council and housing association estates are at risk of demolition, affecting over 35,000 homes. LTF has published a new website, Estate Watch to draw attention to those under threat and bring together resources for tenants and residents who are undergoing estate regeneration or trying to save their estate from demolition.
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