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Tenants, Residents and Leaseholders Associations

Tenant, Resident and Leaseholder Associations (TRLAs) are a group of individual residents, voted democratically in by the residents of an estate/street to represent their views to the Council and Waltham Forest Housing.

TRLA’s (sometimes known TRA's) speak as one strong voice and can influence the services that are delivered to them and ensure that the Council and Waltham Forest Housing delivers its promises. 

By setting-up a TRLA residents:

  • Make their views known to Waltham Forest Housing
  • Promote a sense of community and improve well being on your estate
  • Improve residents living conditions / facilities through Decent Homes and Major Repairs Allowance (MRA) initiatives
  • Reduce anti-social behaviour and build a strong, safer community
  • Tenants making decisions as a group about what's best for the estate at their own meetings and then telling their elected Association Committee members to make representation of these views to Waltham Forest Housing or the Council on their behalf.
  • Executive Committee members can use their vote on the behalf of their estate to veto policy decisions that will impact badly on the estate.
  • Opportunities to invite Council staff, councillors, the police etc to your local TRLA meetings to answer questions and give updates
  • Tenants on the estate can help contribute to community cohesion through the Association by helping to organise events and fund raising activities that benefit the estate as a whole.
  • Tenants through the Association can access and request training to help them improve their skills and knowledge about policies and decision making to become more effective and get more involved with Waltham Forest Housing.

 

Key duties of elected committee members

  • Chair – Overseas the association, chairs meetings, acts as a representative at external meetings
  • Vice Chair – Supports & stands in for the Chair where necessary
  • Secretary – Keeps everyone informed on the activities of the TRLA, organises meetings, takes Minutes, deals with TRA paperwork
  • Treasurer – Looks after the finances, keeps a record where the money is spent, keeping receipts and invoices

Available help and support

  • A start up grant of £250 for stationary, publicity, postage, hall hire, refreshments, fares to meetings
  • A discretionary cohesion grant funding to enable you to hold activities / events in your area up to £700.00
  • Free training opportunities
  • Provide annual insurance cover to the Association
  • Your Neighbourhood Officer is able to offer you help and support.

 

If after considering the above you still would like to set up a TRLA, then you will need to nominate between three to four people to form a committee to work with Waltham Forest Housing.  

Please speak to your local Neighbourhood Officer or email engagement@walthamforest.gov.uk

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