Blue Flower

In the early 1980s the Edinburgh City Council Tenants of Niddrie House were very dissatisfied with their houses and the services they were receiving so they joined together and demanded better housing conditions. In 1988 they registered as a landlord with the Housing Corporation (now known as the Scottish Housing Regulator) and as a Friendly Society (now known as a Co-operative and Communities Benefits Society) and became Hunters Hall Housing Co-op Ltd.

At the time the council did not have the money to improve the houses so supported the idea of changing the ownership of the houses particularly as the new housing organisation could attract grants from national government.

The Co-op bought the land and houses from the City of Edinburgh Council using grant money and money borrowed from the bank. Some houses were demolished including a multi-storey block. Some new houses were built and others were substantially upgraded.