L.A. Tenants Union is a diverse membership-based tenant-centered movement fighting for the human right to housing for all. We demand truly affordable and safe housing. We oppose the dismantling of rent-stabilized apartments. We organize against landlord harassment, mass evictions, and displacement. And we mobilize for the repeal of the Ellis Act and Costa-Hawkins Act. Our mission is to strengthen tenants’ political power through education, advocacy, and direct action.
Who can become a member?
L.A. Tenants Union defines a tenant as anyone who does not own or control their housing situation. A tenant includes rent-paying individuals, individuals who depend upon family members for housing, Section 8 tenants, public housing tenants, tenants of senior housing, students in dormitory housing, incarcerated individuals, and individuals without indoor housing. L.A. Tenants Union welcomes homeowners as non-voting members.
How do we organize?
Every member of the L.A. Tenants Union is a potential activist and organizer. We have no directors and no paid staff. To fight for housing justice, we organize on three levels:
TENANTS ASSOCIATIONS help neighbors get to know each other in a building or on a block. Associations determine their own strategy for defending their rights.
LOCALS or chapters bring buildings and residents of neighborhoods together to address local issues and to act in solidarity between buildings.
- L.A. TENANTS UNION unites local chapters, tenants associations, and individual renters into a powerful and diverse movement for housing justice for all.
Why do we collect dues?
As a movement L.A. Tenants Union has basic costs related to printing, banner making, internet fees, meeting space rentals and, in the future, union member support in rent strikes and non-violent direct action. To pay for all of this, members contribute monthly dues. For unemployed members, that amount is just $1 per month ($12 per year). Employed members pay monthly dues of $5 per month ($60 per year). Members are encouraged to pay as much as they can. Become a member today!
Solidarity Casework Hotline
L.A. Tenants Union offers fast and effective solidarity casework assistance to help tenants resolve problems before they involve costly legal fees. Solving tenant problems before they reach the eviction stage prevents displacement and keeps tenants in their homes! Solidarity assistance is available on a fee for service basis at a low cost with Tenants Union membership included. Call the Solidarity Caseworker at (213) 986-8266.
GENERAL CITYWIDE MEMBERSHIP MEETINGS
Monday general membership meetings are great place to start getting involved in the tenants union. Monday night meetings feature an education component, lively debates about policy, action planning, vital information, and fellowship.
Meets 1st and 3rd Monday of the Month, 7pm-9pm
Location: United Teachers of Los Angeles
3303 Wilshire Boulevard, Koreatown 90010, 8th Floor Room 812
Access building from the back entrance via South Berendo Street
To mobilize tenants in a city as diverse and geographically expansive as Los Angeles, L.A. Tenants Union is establishing local tenant unions. Locals organize around neighborhood issues, conduct outreach locally, and help link neighborhood struggles to the larger movement for housing justice in Los Angeles.
Westside – Meets 2nd and 4th Thursday, 6:30pm-8:30pm
Location: Venice Community Housing Corporation, 720 Rose Avenue, Venice 90291
Eastside – Meets 2nd and 4th Thursday, 6:30pm-8:30pm
Location: Union de Vecinos, 346 S. Gless Street, Boyle Heights 90033
Vermont y Beverly – Meets 1st and 3rd Thursday, 7pm-9pm (6:30pm renter’s clinic)
Location: Eco Village, 117 Bimini Place, #201, Los Angeles, CA 90004
L.A. Tenants Union meetings are bilingual Spanish/English
All posted times and locations are subject to change.
For More Information
L.A. Tenants Union (LATU)
P.O. Box 27354, Los Angeles, CA 90027
LATU Voicemail: (213) 986-8266
LATU Solidarity Casework Hotline: (323) 908-3454