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Who we are

East Thames is one of the largest providers of affordable housing in east London and Essex. We own and manage almost 15,000 homes. But we’re more than just a landlord – we also build new homes, provide care and support services and offer employment and training programmes.

We know that providing a safe and well maintained home is the most important part of our work, but our philosophy has always been to help people improve their neighbourhoods and their lives.

In December 2016, we merged with L&Q to become a wholly owned subsidiary of the L&Q Group. You can find out more about the merger and its benefits here

As part of the L&Q Group, our mission is to combine our social purpose and commercial drive to create homes and neighbourhoods we can be proud of. We do this by:

  • Providing affordable homes for people in East London and Essex. This includes social rented homes and homes for shared ownership;
  • Building quality new homes in East London and Essex and improving neighbourhoods;
  • Providing care and supported accommodation for people with support needs, including older people, people with mental health needs and learning disabilities and women fleeing domestic violence.
  • Offering a range of programmes to help people get back into work or training. 

In order to create better homes, better neighbourhoods and more opportunities for people in east London and Essex we base all our decisions on our five core values: putting customers first, recognising our people, getting better every day, being responsible, behaving with integrity. Find out more about our values.

We have a strong social purpose to provide affordable properties for those on low and medium incomes, giving them a safe and secure home. We also provide services that support people to gain independence and help local people to find employment. You can read more about our vision and aims in our Strategic Plan for 2015-2018.

We also own and manage 1,400 homes on the Olympic village as part of the Triathlon Homes joint venture, established by East Thames, Southern Housing Group and First Base. Triathlon Homes is committed to creating affordable, high quality homes for local people to ensure a successful Olympics legacy for Stratford and the wider east London community.

We are proud to have been recognised for the quality and innovation of our housing developments and community initiatives. You can find more information about our recent award wins, shortlists and accreditations here.

Having a safe and decent place to live is important for everyone. We are driven by the desire to create better homes, better neighbourhoods and more opportunities for people in east London and Essex.