Suffolk TMO is a residents’ organisation with a difference. We have real power over what goes on around our estate. The estate staff work with and are managed by a committee of residents, elected each year by all residents. On the most important matters affecting residents – repairs, caretaking, rent collection, antisocial behaviour, etc – the big decisions are taken by people who actually live here.
Our mission is to make Suffolk Estate as nice a place to live as possible for everyone who lives here.
Residents work closely with our small office team to make sure the estate is clean and attractive, that repairs are carried out quickly to a high standard, that tenants get help and advice with paying their rent, tackling anti-social behaviour, making the estate a safe and desirable place to live in and that the whole community gets along with each other.
Our history is that we started in 1996, when residents were concerned about the level of service being provided by the Council.
We thought that if we got together we could do a better job ourselves.
A vote was held across the estate, and residents overwhelmingly voted to “self-manage” the estate. Suffolk TMO (or Suffolk Estate Co-operative Ltd; to give our full name) was born!
Our area has seen many changes over the last 20 years, but through all these changes the TMO has gone from strength to strength.
In 2014, we were proud winners of the award for “resident group of the year” at the Hackney Residents Awards.
The TMO also received National Federation of Tenant Management Organisation’s (NFTMO) Kitemark in 2016 – a public symbol of good practice in our TMO committee’s work, employment practices and accountability to its tenants.
Every resident can be part of the TMO and are encouraged to get involved in our activities.
We meet every month, usually on the first Monday of the month. We also organise activities such as gardening, outings, “play out” session for young children and parents and the occasional estate BBQ.
We are keen to expand and introduce other activities and welcome residents to come forward with ideas and lead projects/activities.
Please contact Griffith (email@example.com) to find out how you can get involved.