Unique project will give north east private rented sector tenants a voice

11th September 2015


Tenants living in the private rented sector in Newcastle and northeast England will be given a voice thanks to a new project from Newcastle Tenants and Residents Federation.

The Federation has welcomed Mary Lowe to its team as a community development worker leading a three-year project, funded by the Tudor Trust, to give private rented sector tenants an independent voice.

Mary Lowe, community development worker at Newcastle Tenants and Residents Federation, said: Im looking forward to working closely with tenants in the private rented sector to focus on issues that affect them, so we can identify improvements and develop solutions.

Im planning to establish forums that will give tenants an independent collective voice, helping them to influence decision-making about their homes, neighbourhoods and communities.

At the moment there arent any other organisations doing this kind of work in the region, so Im excited to be part of a new initiative that will help private rented sector tenants, particularly those who are from marginalised communities.

This new project marks the beginning of a new era for Newcastle Tenants and Residents Federation, which was set up in 1977 by council tenants specifically to fight for their rights.

The Federation will now seek to involve all tenants in the region, regardless of their landlord, and will continue to focus on its charitable aims of relieving deprivation and improving housing conditions and living environments across the city.

Prior to joining the Federation, Mary Lowe worked for the homelessness charity Crisis, and for a number of arts organisations including Voluntary Arts and The Customs House in South Shields.