Local History – the St Pancras Rent Strike of 1960

Those with a bit of spare time on their hands might be interested in this documentary covering the St Pancras Rent Strike of 1960.

A new council elected in 1959 for the borough of St Pancras (Camden Council didn’t exist yet) planned to drastically increase council tenant rents. Naturally, many council tenants objected. They formed tenants associations, and started withholding rent when the rent increases came into effect.

The dispute went on for most of 1960. Although ultimately unsuccessful, the rent strike did lead to the formation of many tenants associations, and arguably laid the groundwork for the system of tenant participation that we have today.

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