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Angus, a member of Living Rent Glasgow, faced an alarming situation when his flatmate moved out, and the letting agent informed him of a staggering rent increase. Angus was told that his monthly rent of £750 would shoot up to £995, an exorbitant increase of over 30%. The ultimatum was clear – agree to the hike or be forced to move out. In joint tenancies like Angus’, when one person leaves, it initiates a new tenancy, providing landlords with the opportunity to raise the rent significantly.
Tenants Daisy and Ramona found themselves in a challenging situation when their landlord imposed a massive 12% rent increase, exceeding the 5% maximum specified in their contract. Refusing to accept this unjust hike, they confronted the landlord and were shocked to receive a Section 21 “no-fault” eviction notice in response.
In a powerful display of community support and activism, ACORN Birmingham successfully prevented the eviction of a struggling mother and her ten-year-old daughter in Quinton. The family had faced the threat of eviction due to rent arrears accumulated after a significant rent hike last April.
Séverine Perillat, a member of the housing tenants’ union for energy-inefficient housing, and Cécile Luthereau, head of advocacy, met with Pierre Verri, the Vice President responsible for air quality, energy, and climate, and Nicolas Beron-Perez, the Vice President responsible for housing in the metropolis, at the end of June.
On Tuesday, July 25th ACORN held nation-wide actions in 9 cities demanding the federal government to end apartment sales to predatory landlords. At each local action, ACORN highlighted recently purchased buildings where tenants have faced the hard consequences of new corporations taking over Canada’s affordable market rental housing stock. ACORN’s Stop Financialized Landlords campaign is pushing the government to save Canada’s affordable market rental housing by creating ways that rental housing can become community owned on a large scale.
Residents of Douala 5, united with OnEstEnsemble, are taking action to identify and replace outdated and dangerous electrical infrastructure. In January 2023, the association members identified approximately 500 faulty electrical supports in several neighborhoods.
Armed with placards and dressed in black, the residents of Avenue de la Bruyère in Grenoble stormed the Grenoble Habitat headquarters on May 17th to denounce the weeks of neglect they have been facing. Despite numerous pleas for compensation due to elevator breakdowns lasting several months, the lack of heating during winter, and maintenance issues in common areas, Grenoble Habitat continues to disregard its tenants.
In April, Guy and his 8yo son received an eviction notice that threatened to make them homeless. But with ACORN’s help it was delayed long enough for them to find a decent new home.
“It is not a housing crisis, it is an economic project to which we do not belong – we, the low-income workers, social welfare recipients, single people, single parents, the elderly, those with a disability, LGBTQIA+, ethnic minorities such as the Irish Travellers*, migrants and refugees.”
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