At the beginning of 2016, we set up the first ever borough wide group for housing association (HA) tenants. This was in response to a recommendation made by Camden Council’s Housing Scrutiny Committee and growing concerns that many people felt their landlords were unaccountable and weren’t listening and responding to their needs.
However, in recognition of the fact that these landlords now cover tenants, shared ownership, leaseholders and also people on “affordable” and market rents, the group now covers ALL residents of HAs and housing co-op tenants as well.
We do understand that many people view housing associations as part of the social housing sector, but due mainly to the reduction in grants from central government more and more of them are now “sweating their assets” and moving increasingly towards the private sector. Their regulator, the Homes and Communities Agency also deems them to be “private registered providers”
Also, many housing associations started off being set up not by the state, but by groups of private individuals who were concerned by slum housing and the failure of both local and central government to provide enough “homes for the people”.
So, if you would like to go on the mailing list to receive an invite to future meetings and activities of the group, or how we might be able to help you with your housing association, please get in touch.