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Real life examples of tenants who have fought for their rights and solved ongoing issues with their tower blocks.

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How can my local councillor help?

Anne Clarke is a councillor in the London Borough of Barnet. We ask her about her experiences in supporting residents in her area with housing and disrepair problems You’ve been involved in supporting tenants with housing disrepair issues at the Marsh Drive estate in Hendon. How did you first become aware of the problems there? […]

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Tenant action – tackling disrepair

Annie Barrett, a tenant of Marsh Drive estate in the London Borough of Barnet joined forces with her neighbours to tackle disrepair in their blocks. We interviewed Annie to find out what action she and her community took. How long have you lived in the Marsh Drive block? I moved into Marsh Drive in October […]
A diagram of the different stages of a cockroach's lifecycle, 1908 A diagram of the different stages of a cockroach's lifecycle, 1908

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Beating the cockroaches

Examples of how residents across various London estates organised to solve the problem of cockroaches - permanently. In some cases the benefits went beyond mere pest control and even brought new paid work to the residents.
Screenshot from ‘Cracks In The System’ Ledbury Estate documentary showing a hand being put into a crack in the wall Screenshot from ‘Cracks In The System’ Ledbury Estate documentary showing a hand being put into a crack in the wall

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Cracking up: tenant power through the Ledbury Action Group

What do you do when there are cracks in your flat big enough to pass your arm through? See how the residents of the Ledbury estate took action.