Shelter run a free housing advice telephone line. The Shelter London Advice Service page has up-to-date details.

The Shelter website also has a lot of information about housing problems, including some template letters that you can use to write to your landlord or the council.


Citizens Advice can give advice on various issues, including housing. If you want to see an advisor, you start by going to a drop-in assessment session, or phoning for an assessment. They may then book an appointment for you. There are two centres in Haringey – see their websites for current contact details.

Tottenham Citizens Advice

Turnpike Lane Citizens Advice

The Citizens Advice website also has information about housing problems.


Haringey Law Centre offers free legal advice. You can phone them, or go for a drop-in assessment at their office in Tottenham. If they think they can help, they may then book an appointment for you. They are currently running drop-in sessions every weekday, but check the Haringey Law Centre website for up-to-date details.


Hackney Community Law Centre also run a free housing law advice session in Haringey. They currently offer drop-in assessments every Wednesday morning at the Irish Centre in Tottenham. The Hackney Community Law Centre website has more information.


St James church in Muswell Hill runs free legal advice drop-ins several times a week. The St James Legal Advice Centre website has the current details.


Haringey Migrant Support Centre have a free weekly drop-in session near Turnpike Lane, for advice related to immigration. This is currently on Monday afternoons, but check the Migrant Support Centre website for more details.



Other groups

Local groups

Haringey Alliance for Public Services
Local anti-cuts campaign.

Haringey Defend Council Housing

Local campaign calling for direct investment in council homes, no demolitions, stock transfers, time-limited tenancies or near-market rents.

Haringey Federation of Residents’ Associations
There are over 150 local residents associations in all corners of the borough. The Haringey Federation of Residents Associations is our umbrella organisation – we meet bi-monthly to discuss and pursue issues of common concern and to support each other. Those setting up new groups are welcome to attend.

Haringey Solidarity Group
Haringey Solidarity Group is a group of local people who want to get rid of the current system which places profit and power before people’s real needs. To do this, we believe we all need to get organised, fight back and take over the decision-making in communities and workplaces. We support and participate in local campaigns, spread ideas and help create effective opposition to the powers that be.

Our Tottenham

Our Tottenham is a network of local individuals & community groups standing up for the interests of people in Tottenham, especially around ‘regeneration’ issues. All welcome to get involved – please come along to a meeting or get in touch.


London-wide or national groups

London Coalition Against Poverty
LCAP is a coalition of groups which are based on the idea that through solidarity and direct action, ordinary people have the power to change our own lives.

Hackney Housing Group
Our sister group in Hackney.  Fighting for the rights to accessible, affordable, decent housing for people in Hackney, London. Get in touch to find out more by emailing or call 07931 698 438.  (part of London Coalition Against Poverty)

Housing Action Southwark and Lambeth

Our sister group in south London.  Supporting and taking action for decent homes for everyone. (part of London Coalition Against Poverty)


Digs are a group of Hackney renters who have come together to campaign
for a better deal for people renting locally. We’re a private tenant information and support group, run by Hackney renters, for Hackney renters.

Advisory Service for Squatters
Legal and practical advice for squatters and other homeless people

Radical Routes
Radical Routes is a network of radical co-ops whose members are committed to working for positive social change. The network is made up mainly of housing co-ops of various sizes (none with more than 17 members), a few workers co-ops and a couple of social centres.

Squatters’ Action for Secure Homes

Camden Federation of Private Tenants
Camden Federation of Private Tenants (CFPT) is an independent organisation run by and for private tenants.
We are the voice of Camden’s private renters (including housing association tenants) and work for a better relationship with landlords and agents,stronger tenants rights and more services for tenants.
National Private Tenants Organisation
NPTO campaigns for professionally managed, secure, decent and affordable private rented homes in sustainable communities.