Our history

We are one of the oldest Federation’s in the country. We were founded in June 1977 as Newcastle Tenants Federation by 20 local authority tenants’ associations from across the city.

Originally formed as an unincorporated association, we were set up to lobby for a Tenants’ Charter, which was later successfully adopted. The adoption of the Charter led to the formation of the Federation as an independent umbrella organisation representing tenants groups in Newcastle upon Tyne.

The Federation’s aims, established at the time, were:

  • unify and strengthen the tenants’ movement in Newcastle

  • actively oppose all forms of discrimination

  • assist and co-ordinate when necessary, the activities of member organisations and help them achieve their aims

  • co-operate with organisations other than member associations on matters of common concern

  • assist and encourage the setting up of new tenants and residents associations

  • assist members to exchange information, share experiences and lessons learnt.

In March 2012 we became only the second Federation to ever achieve charitable status. We have evolved into Newcastle Tenants and Residents Federation, a registered charity and company limited by guarantee, representing the interests of residents of all tenures, as well as owner occupiers.