Image: The Drive Housing Co-op in Walthamstow.
There are over 300 housing co-ops in London. Many are members of the London Federation of Housing Co-ops (facebook group/ page), the Confederation of Co-operative Housing (facebook page/ twitter), and the National Federation of Tenant Management Organisations (twitter).
Some notable examples of Housing Co-ops in London include:
Sanford Housing Co-op
Sanford was the first purpose built housing co-op in Britain and is home to 130 members. It has lovely gardens, a huge bike shed make from recycled railway sleepers and was probably the first whole-street eco-refurbishment in the country. Rent is about £60/ week including all bills, internet and council tax.
As this great 20 minute documentary shows, the collection of housing co-ops that now occupy Bonnington Square in Vauxhall, with their beautiful garden and co-operative cafe, were Made Possible by Squatting:
The Drive Housing Co-op in Walthamstow is London’s newest, helped in part by Sanford Housing Co-op who were the single biggest investor in the project.
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East London Community Land Trust
Springdale Gardens Co-housing Group
Springdale is London’s first cohousing project, where each household has a self-contained, personal and private home but residents also in a share a common house and manage their community together. They got featured in The Guardian.
Image: The communal terrace at Springdale Gardens