It’s been a busy few weeks as we gear up for our first tenant summit. We are rolling out press releases and reaching out to renters in the weeks before our summit. Here are a couple photos, one of us presenting at the Ward 1/8 NPA, and another at an interview with UVMTV.
If you haven’t had the chance yet, please take a look at BurlingtonTenantsUnion.com/Summit. Our first Tenant Summit will be help November 3rd from 1230-430. Childcare and meal provided. We ask that you RSVP here.
Together we can build tenant power, fight for our rights, push against gentrification, displacement, and evictions. Together we can turn housing into a right for all neighbors and not an investment for wealthier individuals.
At the Ward 2/3 NPA on September 12 2019, Mayor Weinberger attempts to respond to BTU goals; states that he will never support rent control and wouldn’t work with tenants if that was our goal.
Emily Reynolds presents at Ward 2/3 NPA on September 12, 2019. She shares the goals of the tenants’ union, why we are organizing, and answers questions from the audience.
We spent the last few weeks sharing the word on Isham Street, Art Hop, and Burlington Pride Parade. Everyone deserves housing!
Read more “Burlington Tenants Union Disrupts Weinberger’s Housing ‘Summit’”
But not everyone in the crowd was in lockstep with the mayor.https://www.wamc.org/post/housing-summit-seeks-affordability-solutions-draws-critics
Weinberger: “I think we’re starting to see that in the data…”
Man in back of room: “We’re tired of…”
Weinberger: “The ah…”
Woman in back of auditorium: “We don’t get heard and you’re going to hear us.”
Weinberger: “That’s great that’s what tonight is about okay?”
Woman: “I can’t afford to live here without Section Eight. This is the only way we get heard.”
Weinberger: “Well it’s…” (scattered applause) “You know it pains me to hear that you feel that’s the only way you get heard.”
Moving out of your apartment?
The Housing Board of Review is a Renter’s Best Friend!
Did you know?
- The Housing Board of Review (HBOR) is a citizen board that hears contested security deposit cases and can decide to return your money back to you if your landlord has kept it.
- You can fight for your security deposit back if your landlord took some (or all) of it.
- The Burlington Tenants Union would like to help you and support you before, during, and after your hearing!
We are proud to stand with Handy renters, those illegally towed by Handys, and the hundreds over-charged by their service station. Several of whom even stopped to share their stories with us. The Handys own a ton of property and gas stations throughout Chittenden County, and yet no elected officials seem willing to hold them responsible for their slums and predatory landlord practices. All the more reason renters must stand together against landlords and politicians who seem unable to stand up for those without power.
Last month Linda Holmes came up to chat with us about NYC’s historic rent control legislation, what it took to pass it, and what issues NYC tenants still face.
We just wanted to share a short clip from the Housing Summit regarding comments Mayor Weinberger made. In it, he says that renting hasn’t been a problem since he has been mayor, and that the city has a robust history of supporting tenant protections.