The majority of Vancouver residents, about 55%, are renters. Vancouver is the most unaffordable city in the country, and one of the most unaffordable cities in the world. Still rents continue to increase at a rate greater than wages.
Renters face unstable and precarious living situations, including poor repair, massive rent increases, gentrification, and eviction. Renters’ ability to address issues of rents and rights is hampered by a legal, social, and economic system that privileges landlords, and that keeps renters divided. Renter solidarity is the only way to change this situation.
The Renters’ Union is a vehicle for renters to collectively determine housing rights, rents, and stability through collective bargaining and political action. Through the Union, renters can share experiences and information about their landlord, and join forces with other Locals. The union provides tools and resources for renters to engage with landlords on a less tilted plane.
The Union is open to all renters. If you are facing any threat of eviction, rent hikes, or other forms of landlord intimidation, please contact us.