In the early 1980s the City of Edinburgh Council Tenants of Niddrie House were very dissatisfied with their houses and the services they were receiving so they joined together to demand better housing conditions. In 1988 they registered as a landlord with the Housing Corporation (now known as the Scottish Housing Regulator) and the Friendly Society (now known as the 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 then attract grants from the national government through the Housing Corporation (which later became known as Scottish Homes and is now known as the Scottish Housing Regulator).
The Co-op bought the land and houses from the City of Edinburgh Council using both grant money from the Housing Corporation 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.