Housing is a human right.

Everyone deserves to live with dignity in a safe, secure, clean, affordable and accessible home.

We reject the speculative market.

We reject that housing can or should be seen as a ‘commodity’ or an avenue to make money.


a large group of tenants gathers for a photo around the Vancouver Tenants Rights banner

The Vancouver Tenants Union represents over 2500 members, and 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

  • Meaningful 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. 

Steering Committee

Elected at the 2023 AGM: Jonathan Basile, Victoria Brindise, Liam Fox, Rebecca L.

Elected at April 2024 by election: Mel B., Seamus

Education & Outreach Working Group Representative: VACANT

Communications + Design Working Group Representative: Pavel G.

Data Tools Working Group Representative: Clark Lemke

East Side Neighbourhood Chapter Representative: Jesús

Fairview Neighbourhood Chapter Representative: VACANT

Mt. Pleasant Neighbourhood Chapter Representative: Saoirse

West End Neighbourhood Chapter Representative: SHARED ROLE

Want to Learn More?

Check out our resources for members. That's where you'll find important information like the VTU's constitution and bylaws, member handbook, and other guiding documents created by the membership.