Private Renter Engagement

In these challenging times, having a safe and secure place to live has never been more important. A third of Camden residents (approx. 33,000 people) live in privately rented accommodation but many do not contact the council for advice or support when they may need it.  

We want to improve communication so that private renters are more aware of their rights and what the council can do for them. 

Private Tenant Survey

We ran a Private Tenant Survey which launched in November 2020 and closed in January 2021. In total, we received 173 responses to the survey.

5 residents, have now been selected from those that entered the free prize draw and have each received a £20 shopping voucher.

Thank you to everyone that took time to complete a survey and also those that volunteered to take part in future research.

What did we learn from the private tenant survey?

Our initial analysis of the survey has shown that many of you have experienced poor housing conditions, bad management and in some cases unfair and threatening behaviour. We want to make sure that you are getting the advice and help you need if you are having these problems now, so please do not hesitate to contact the following council services or local advice partners.

The results of this survey and further contributions will help inform the way we work in the future.

We will shortly provide further key findings from the survey.  

 

Get involved in our Private Renter Forum

We are looking for volunteers to take part in a Private Renter Forum, which will help inform the way in which the Council engages with tenants in the future.

We’ve had a good response from private renters signing up, but it’s not too late to take part. 

If you would like to take part or would like any further information, please contact Fiona Exley fiona.exley@camden.gov.uk.

Support for private renters

If you need advice because you are living in poor housing conditions, including damp, lack of heating, overcrowding, please contact the Private Sector Housing Team for help and advice. If you are worried that you might be made homeless contact the Housing Needs Team.

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Local advice partners

We work in partnership with local advice services in Camden who provide help and support to private renters.

Find out more about our partners and how you can get in touch with them.

Shelter Housing Advice

Shelter’s London Hub offers a London wide advice, support and guidance service on any housing or homelessness issue. 

For help please call Shelter London on 0344 515 1540. Here you will get immediate advice over the telephone on your situation and if you need further ongoing assistance your case will be allocated to a caseworker and/or you will be booked in for a face to face appointment at one of our outreach sites. We hold weekly face to face outreach sessions at London Irish Centre, 50-52 Camden Square, London, NW1 9XB as well as at many other locations across the capital. 

Phone: 0344 515 1540.

Currently, due to the COVID-19 Pandemic our face to face services are closed and we are operating a telephone service only. 
 
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For non-advice related queries, please call our office line on 0344 515 0314.

Camden Citizens Advice

141a Robert Street, London, NW1 3QT

Phone: 0808 278 7835

Offices are currently closed. Advice and support for Camden residents is currently being held by telephone and online (Monday to Friday 10am to 4pm). 

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Camden Community Law Centre

2 Prince of Wales Road, NW5 3LG (Legal Aid only)

Immigration: 0203 287 3172 / 0141 628 8436
Housing: 0208 144 3955
Welfare Benefits: 0203 289 0920 / 0118 328 2589
Employment: 0208 525 8623

Email: admin@cclc.org.uk

Face to face meetings by appointment only and now offering telephone advice sessions 10-12 Mon-Fri.  

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Mary Ward Legal Centre

The Mary Ward Legal Centre provides free, independent advice to people who live and work in London to help them access their legal rights and entitlements.

10 Great Turnstile, WC1V 7JU 

Phone: 020 7831 7079

Email: housingadvice@marywardlegal.org.uk.

Face to face contact is currently closed but an extended telephone service is available Monday - Friday 10am – 4-30pm.

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Camden Federation of Private Tenants (CFPT)

Run by and for private tenants in Camden CFPT is not a funded advice agency but does support tenants to solve their individual problems and refer people to other services, organisations and advice agencies where appropriate.

13 Malden Road, London, NW5 3HS

Phone: 020 7383 0151

Email: admin@cfpt.org.uk

Office currently open on a part-time basis.

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Age UK Camden 

Age UK Camden is an independent charity working in Camden to offer support and services to older people.

Phone: 020 7837 3777, 10am-4pm Monday to Friday

Email: duty@ageukcamden.org.uk

Currently face to face visits have been suspended and will remain so until we are advised it is safe to resume. Advice service is running and clients should access via telephone and email. 

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University of London Housing Service

Housing advice service for students studying in London at these member institutions and staff working directly for the University of London.

Phone: 020 7862 8880

Email: housing@london.ac.uk

Currently only offering telephone appointments as offices are closed (Mon – Fri / 10am-5pm). 

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Flat Justice

Provides specialist help to tenants who want to make a Rent Repayment Order (RRO). Offers free help with DIY applications as well as a paid representation service (20% fee). 

Phone: 020 7388 8837

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