Camden Leaseholders’ Forum are an independent group which speaks for people who pay service charges to Camden Council. We represent all the leaseholders and freeholders of Camden Council properties, tackling major issues to improve Camden Council services.
All members of the Forum are volunteers.
Current objectives/what are we currently working on
We mainly exist to safeguard the interests of leaseholders and ensure service charges are value for money. We have (currently) decided to work on the following specific issues:
– Council Engagement: Improving both the Forum’s engagement with the council and leaseholders’ ease of communication with the council
– Major Works (including Capital Works & Better Homes)
– Outbound Communication: Letting leaseholders know what we can do for them, any news we think they should be aware of and how to get in touch with us
– Service Charge (Repairs/Revenue Expenditure)
How we work
We have agreed to that, due to limited resources, we cannot tackle every problem that Camden leaseholders face – we have decided to tackle major issues. We have no legal power to demand that Camden Council make changes, however we can request information and consultation from Camden; Forum meetings are often attended by selected Council officials at our request. To date, sometimes Camden Council act upon what we suggested and sometimes they don’t. We continue to make our case on behalf of leaseholders and collect evidence to further the points that we wish to make.
We meet on a 6-weekly basis. For most meeting members of the public (e.g. leaseholders, tenants and councillors) are welcome as observers; depending on the agenda they may or may not get an opportunity to speak. Want to know about what happens at these meetings and how they are conducted, read our article here.
The Forum also holds a number of Open meetings over the three year term at which all leaseholders are invited to attend. Open meetings tend to address major policy decisions, ensuring that the Forum are kept up to date on issues affecting leaseholders and are called as and when required (at least once a year). During these meetings all leaseholders are invited to comment on, and contribute towards, to the topic(s) being discussed.
We publish our list of forthcoming activities and discussions. These are included with every meeting agenda. The latest edition is always be available via https://www.leaseholdersforum.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/work-programme.pdf
We are elected every 3 years (elections last held Autumn 2015) and can co-opt additional members as required. The current membership list is here: http://democracy.camden.gov.uk/mgCommitteeDetails.aspx?ID=382
Most members have contributed a biography. If you would like to contact a particular member (e.g. one that represents your district) please email firstname.lastname@example.org with “FAO Member“ at the top of the message.
The Forum receives no funding from any organisation. We do use donated resources when suitable. Major examples include:
– Volunteered support
– Technology (WordPress and various free plugins for our website; Mailchimp for our mailing list; Gmail for our email)
Cloud Genius for the donation of their technical expertise regarding websites and marketing automation.
Camden Council for the following services:
– Meeting rooms
– Committee Services (for the taking of minutes at our meetings)
– Website hosting
Our constitution is here: https://www.leaseholdersforum.org.uk/core/constitution
Our code of conduct is here: https://www.leaseholdersforum.org.uk/core/code-of-conduct
Our website principles and editorial policy is here:https://www.leaseholdersforum.org.uk/core/website-principles
There are a range of other groups in Camden which cover similar territories. We work with them as and when appropriate to achieve joint aims whilst aiming not to duplicate efforts. Groups include:
– Tenants and Residents’ Associations (TRAs)
– Recognised Tenants’ Associations (RTAs) (also known as Leaseholder Associations)
– District Management Committees (DMCs)
– Camden Resident Scrutiny Group (CRSG)
– Camden Association of Street Properties (CASP)
Last updated 7th April 2016