Tenant and Residents Associations

Tenants’ and residents' associations are made up of local people. They act in a voluntary capacity to promote the interests of tenants and residents in their area.

There are currently 8 TARAs in Hull. Their contact details can be found in the TARA directory.

If a group wants to be formally recognised and share in local decision-making, it has to meet certain standards. These standards are known as the Recognition Criteria and mean that a group must -

  • have an approved, written constitution including a map of the area covered
  • have an equal opportunity policy. Every year, a representative must attend an equality and diversity training course. The group must complete an evaluation form assessing their progress
  • hold annual elections to committee roles
  • provide open financial records to account for all money received from us and any other public resources
  • hold regular meetings. A minimum of one annual general meeting, one public meeting, and 4 committee meetings
  • publicise activities
  • make membership clearly open to all
  • provide regular newsletters (at least two newsletters per year)
  • demonstrate that the group is meeting its aims and objectives
  • invite the tenant participation team to any AGM or public meeting

Some groups may not want to be a recognised TARA, preferring something more informal. We will listen to the views of all groups. However, we cannot grant the same degree of influence to your group if it is not working to these standards.

Funding for recognised TARA

We provide funding to TARAs to help with the cost of setting up and running their groups. Recognised TARAs can apply for grants by completing our funding application form. A downloadable application form is available, or contact the Tenant Participation Team on 01482 300 300 for a printed version.