housing

Lettings agency makes threats and keeps deposit of tenant with young children: Brighton SolFed opens dispute

Hot on the heels of their recent victory against MTM lettings, Brighton Solidarity Federation are opening a dispute with Spencer & Leigh lettings agency after they withheld £510 from a tenant with young children.

Cotters and squatters: housing's hidden history

Diggers illustration

Colin Ward's Cotters and Squatters explores the story of squatter settlement in England and Wales: from our cave-dwelling recent ancestors to the Diggers and on the industrial revolution; and from twentieth-century mass squatting to modern claims that The Land is Ours.

Landlady makes threats instead of owning up: SolFed campaign intensifies

A Brighton landlady has hit out at a group of tenants demanding compensation for having to live in damp infested accommodation, causing their supporters to escalate their campaign for justice.

Brighton Solidarity Federation opens a dispute with MTM lettings agency

Brighton Solidarity Federation has started a dispute with MTM lettings on the Lewes road. A group of tenants have been organising with SolFed after they were rented a house with serious damp and mould problems, infestations, and poor furniture that the landlady had promised to replace.

Abahlali baseMjondolo activists kidnapped then tortured at house of local ward councillor

Abahlali baseMjondolo

On Monday two members of Abahlali were attacked by unknown people in their Silver City branch in uMlazi. The two men, who are serving in the local Abahlali structure were abducted by a group of men and forced into a car with no registration number. They were then taken to the house of the local ward councillor. They were beaten and tortured for two hours at the home of the ward councillor by the same men that had abducted them. After this they were taken to the police station by these men.

Police brutality leads to pro-migrant march in Rome

After a refugee eviction in Rome ended with shocking scenes of police violence, migrants and their supporters took to the streets.

Squatting in London: Precarity and Emergency Crisis Planning

Due to sustained attacks from the state, councils, and property owners, squatters in England have developed a capacity for emergency crisis planning whilst neglecting long term organising. This article examines why and briefly looks at attempts to reverse this trend.

Sisterhood and Squatting in the 1970s: Feminism, Housing and Urban Change in Hackney

Squat houses, Broughton Road, Hackney, 1983

A detailed look at squatting in 1970s Hackney, East London. Using oral history to recall how women squatting in the 1970s carved out a space for themselves to self organise in a decaying London, neglected by municipal structures. The article argues that by creating a physical space for themselves women in Hackney were able to shape and create the kind of feminist movement they wanted, which in turn helped them to create better places to live in.

A successful rent strike in 1930s Peckham

Nigel Buildings tenements rent strike 1930s Peckham, London

The story of a successful rent strike in Peckham, south east London, during the 1930s.

East London rent strikes, 1938-9

240 families on rent strike in Quinn Square, Bethnal Green, circa 1938

On 13 February, 1938, a rent strike began in Stepney, east London. This is an account of tenants' struggles in the area at the time, by Past Tense.