Setting Up a Tenants or Residents Association

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Tenants Associations

A tenants’ association is a group of tenants who live in the same building or development who choose to join forces in advocating for themselves, particularly in dealings with the landlord or management.

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Tenant associations commonly form to address problems, such as a landlord who fails to provide timely repairs or adequate services, or who is trying to evict tenants or pressure them to move.

Residents’ Associations

A residents’ association is usually formed with a view to representing residents (including leaseholders) of an ‘independent’ landlord. In addition, a recognised residents’ association may also request certain types of information from a landlord such as a summary of costs.

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A landlord is also required to consult a recognised residents’ association on matters such as service charges and management, and the appointment of managing agents.

Model Constitution

The Resource Centre has advice and guidance on writing a constitution. The Centre is a Brighton-based charity offering practical support to community groups. It describes a constitution as being “simply the aims and rules that your group will use. It’s a statement of what your group is going to do and how it is going to do it”. The document is useful for those drawing up a constitution for an unincorporated body such as a residents’ or tenants’ association in a simple, uncomplicated structure. This version is is not however suitable for more complex charities employing workers, buying premises or dealing with large amounts of money. TRC_ConstitutionGuide.