The Weekender is on the 26th and 27th April. It’s a collaboration among groups from across London, who work on a whole range of housing issues including private renting, access to welfare, squatting, co-operatives and social housing.

The housing crisis grows steadily deeper, and yet those is power fail to take the necessary action to secure the future of the city. This weekend will bring people together to build a movement of practical solidarity, to resist social cleansing and reclaim the city for the people who live here.


It’s set to be an action-packed two days. On Saturday 26th, there are events planned all round London, organised by local groups who are in the Radical Housing Network. Events are set to take place in Lewisham, Lambeth, Brent, Camden, Hackney and Haringey, and include films, info-stalls, discussions, games, and actions. If you’d like to get involved in your area, or if you’d like to propose something in an area that’s not already covered, get in touch!

On Sunday 27th, we’ll all come together in central London, for a day of discussion, action planning and strategising. The day will include:

Action planning and preparation – we will be building for a mass action in the week after the event

Organising against the crisis: How can we work together to build a stronger housing movement?

Alternatives: co-ops, self-builds, neighbourhood plans and more

Speakers including Danny Dorling (author of All that is Solid) and Liz Davies (Haldane Society)

Media training for housing and gentrification action groups

Legal advice surgery and training on providing legal support

Tea, cake (hopefully), chat

For up-to-date information, please see the event page and follow @radicalhousing for updates.


Mike Freer MP is a co-architect of the controversial ‘Section 144′ law that criminalises squatting in domestic properties.

On 22nd November 2013, campaigners arrived to protest and camp outside his constituency office (the Finchley building that used to be Margaret Thatcher’s office).

At first, in a PR move, he invited them off the pavement and onto the forecourt, but as many local people showed their support, and others arrived to protest, towards the end of the day he changed his mind. However, the squatters pointed out to the police that he would now need to put that in writing and to apply to a court, which he would be unable to do now before Monday morning, so the camp remains over the weekend at least.


No Evictions!  Cut Rents Not Benefits
Protest : Thursday 9th May, 8am, at Genesis Housing Association Head Office
Capital House, 25 Chapel Street, London, NW1 5DT (next to Edgware Rd tube, circle Line exit)

With the pilot of the Government's benefit cap starting in four London boroughs on April 15, Genesis Housing Association wasted no time in threatening affected tenants with eviction. In fact, the trial had not even begun when they informed 57 residents in temporary accommodation that with the cap set at £350 for single people and £500 for families, that they "may not be able to afford the rent we charge" and that "Genesis will now need to start legal proceedings to obtain a Possession Order on the property as we may need to terminate our lease with the property owner early."


A major provider of temporary accommodation in Haringey is initiating eviction proceedings against households affected by the benefit cap.

In the last couple of weeks, some tenants of properties leased by Genesis Housing Association have received letters telling them that they would be seeking a Possession Order to evict the tenant.