Who We Are


The Vancouver Tenants Union seeks to build a base of tenants throughout the city to establish political power to create change.

Over 50% of Vancouver households are rentals, yet tenants continue to be disempowered and disconnected. In an effort to address this, the Vancouver Tenants Union is committed to educating renters on their rights and standing up to landlords and developers who persistently compromise our security and livelihood.

We are fighting for the rights of tenants and the preservation of affordable housing. Everyone, regardless of economic status, lifestyle, ability, age, gender, race, sexuality, or citizenship deserves a safe, secure, and affordable home. 

We Demand:

  • Real Rent Control

  • Eviction Protections

  • More Affordable Housing

  • Better Incomes for All

No Displacement on Stolen Native Land

We acknowledge that we are organizing, living, and resisting on unceded Coast Salish territories, specifically of the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh nations. We recognize that displacement and gentrification are part of the larger colonial and capitalist systems that occupy these lands. Fighting for tenants rights, is a fight for housing justice for all. No more displacement on stolen Native land!

Steering Committee

Derya Akay, Sydney Ball, Molly Billows, Marina Classen, Deb Dawson, Sam Dharmapala, Kell Gerlings, Mark Iyengar, Stephanie Langford, Liam McClure, Wendy Pedersen, Sara Sagaii and Ron Sigurdson 

 The VTU's Constitution & Bylaws

The VTU's Constitution is the basis of unity for our organization and outlines the founding values and goals which we are always striving for. The Bylaws are the guides for our day to day operations. 

View a plain language version of the Bylaws here.

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