Private landlords do not have to “recognise” a tenants association, but they can still be a very useful way of people working together with other tenants to solve your problems rather than as isolated (and less powerful) individuals.
However, due to the lack of security of tenure provided by Assured Shorthold tenancies (ASTs) and how easy it is for private landlords to evict private tenants without having to give a reason; you and your fellow tenants need to think very carefully about what the consequences of doing this might be. Please get in touch, if you think it would help to talk this through with us first.
Housing association residents
Housing associations and all registered social landlords* (RSLs) should “recognise” a formally constituted tenants association, and consult and involve them in the management of their homes.
*Registered social landlord is a technical term that covers all housing associations, trusts, co-operatives and companies registered with the Regulator of Social Housing
Who can help me ?
We can (if you live in the London Borough of Camden). Our organisation has lots of experience of helping set up and run a tenants/residents association (we are currently working with tenants of Origin, One Housing Group, Genesis and Peabody housing associations).
Where can I get more information ?
From us. Call or email us for more information on how to set up a tenants or residents association (including template constitutions that you can use or adapt for your own purposes).