Council houses were built and operated by local councils to supply uncrowded, well built homes on secure tenancies at affordable (below market) rents to the local population. There are many more people on the various housing registers of London councils than there are houses available, which means that even if you are eligilbe for a council property it will very often be years before you are housed.
Often called Registered Social Landlords – develop and manage affordable housing using a mixture of government and private sector funding. When Housing Associations properties are let on a permanent basis this is done on the basis of an Assured Tenancy. This type of tenancy confers rights and responsibilities that are very similar to a local authority secure tenancy. Please note that the ‘Right to Buy’ only applies to secure tenancies on local authority properties.
On several estates, housing management services are provided through Tenant Management Organisations (TMOs).
These are the Carpenters Estate in Stratford, where services are provided through the Carpenters TMO; and the Radley Terrace, Cliff Walk and Trinity Gardens area in E16 where the CTR TMO provides services. In Waltham Forest the SAMS TMO is responsible for a number of properties in Leytonstone, E11 and Friday Hill TMO is responsible for a number of properties in Chingford, E4.
TMOs aim to involve residents in decisions affecting their homes and estates. TMOs offer tenancies on exactly the same terms as the council. TMOs are responsible for organising the day to day repairs to homes, collecting rents, managing your tenancy and other services such as cleaning communal areas and management of concierge services in Tower Blocks. These services are provided by officers who are answerable to a management committee elected by residents.
Applicants who apply for TMO properties in Hackney will be expected to participate in the running of the TMO.