Welcome to the website of Hammersmith & Fulham’s Defend Council Homes Unit
You can find out more about our work via the links on this page. And if you are a resident of Hammersmith & Fulham, you can sign up to get email updates on our work.
The Defend Council Homes Unit (or DCHU) has been established by Hammersmith & Fulham Council to find ways of giving tenants and leaseholders more control of their homes — now and in the future.
We work independently of H&F Council — but we will submit an official report to the council and our reports will be made available to the public. The DCHU is led by a Hammersmith & Fulham resident with two independent members in support.
The work of the DCHU follows on from the work of the Hammersmith & Fulham Residents’ Housing Commission in 2015. The commission was charged with finding a way to protect council homes now and in the future.
What we’re working on
H&F Council has made a commitment to giving residents more control over their homes.
We reported our proposals to H&F Council’s cabinet in February 2018.
Questions and answers about the DCHU’s work and what we’ve achieved.
We are looking at how residents can gain more control over their council homes.
Safeguarding, as we use the term here, means finding a way to ensure that the ownership of council homes cannot be sold/transferred to developers for redevelopment unless the residents affected give their informed consent.
We will shortly be publishing some examples of estates that have experienced safeguarding challenges — our safeguarding case studies.