Tenants and residents associations

Tenant and resident associations (TRAs) play an important role in representing the interests of tenants and leaseholders in a particular local area (normally an estate) and are consulted on issues relating to the services provided on the estate.

What do TRAs do?

Setting up a TRA

Why start a TRA?

TRAs in your area

 

What do TRAs do?

TRAs typically hold monthly committee meetings and at least four general meetings a year open to all of their members. These are normally attended by area staff and provide an opportunity for area staff to be held to account for the standard of services provided to the estate.

All our residents are eligible to participate in TRAs. All TRAs can send representatives to the six area housing forums managed by Lambeth London Living. Support will be given to establish a TRA where none exists at present.

You can also read about what TRAs do on our Getting involved publications page. 

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Setting up a TRA

If you are interested in setting up a TRA, here are a few handy tips:

  1. Get a group of fellow residents together and contact the Governance team for advice
  2. knock on everyone's door or leaflet all properties
  3. with assistance from your resident participation officer, organise an initial meeting for all residents in your area
  4. establish a steering group which will formally agree to form a residents' association
  5. the steering group then decides on a constitution
  6. you hold a launch meeting where you elect a committee
  7. then you have your very own residents' association.

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Why start a TRA?

  • TRAs are democratically elected and have more voice and influence in getting things changed than one individual voice
  • TRAs can influence the council's housing policies, via the Area housing forums and Tenants Council
  • Tenant groups and the council work together to select the right targets, concentrate on the real problems, and find the best solutions
  • You can meet people from your estate and organise social events
  • You will be building up the community spirit of your estate
  • TRAs enable people on the same estate to share experiences, skills, and knowledge
  • You can lobby for improvements to your estate by talking directly with council and housing association staff involved in proposed schemes to change the local area
  • TRAs can provide residents with the knowledge and experience to progress to other forms of resident involvement such as tenant management organisations.

TRAs can become the main local body for consultation when the council undertakes major projects.

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TRAs in your area

There are about 60 TRAs in Lambeth, find your local TRA :

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Contact us

Email: gettinginvolved@lambethliving.org.uk

Call: 0207 926 6000

Set up a new residents association

If you are interested in setting up a new residents association read our

New residents association information pack

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