A residents' association can help if you are having problems with your neighbours. For a residents' association to be effective, it has to represent the whole community.
When can a residents' association be useful?
A residents' association is a useful organisation if:
- you are having problems in your area with antisocial behaviour,
- you are looking for funding to improve your area,
- you feel that your landlord isn't listening to your views.
You can set up a residents' association if you rent from a private landlord. Most residents' associations are set up by Housing Executive or housing association tenants.
Any group of people living in the same area can set up a residents' association. They can choose:
- who their members will be,
- how they will be represented,
- what they want to achieve.
However, if a group wants to make sure that its views are listened to by other organisations they must be able to show that they are:
- representing the views of their community.
Establishing a residents' association
You should contact the Housing Executive or Supporting Communities NI if you are thinking about setting up a residents' association. You can get advice on:
- involving the whole community,
- ensuring that your group is representative of your community,
- applying for funding,
- dealing with government agencies.
However, there are some basic things you should think about when establishing a group to encourage everybody to become involved, including:
- use positive images of minority groups,
- arrange meetings to suit as many members as possible,
- develop an equal opportunities policy,
- translate information and provide signers/interpreters,
- challenge racist, sexist or derogatory remarks,
- avoid using stereotypes,
- give everybody the right to express an opinion and respect their views.
Finding a residents' association in your area
You can find out about residents' associations in your area by contacting:
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