… but we have a lot more work still to do.
The Glendale Tenants Union continued advocacy has finally moved the City Council to take up the issue of housing in our city. We are overjoyed that the Council has at last recognized that gravity of the situation and understands that it is their responsability to act.
Unfortunately they have chosen to pursue a so called “right-to-lease” ordinance that has nothing to do with actual needs and demands of residents. Instead of addressing the housing crisis that is tearing apart our community the City Council is wasting time with meaningless self-congratulatory measures.
We welcome the temporary rent freeze the Council has instituted while they continue to work on this issue, and we will continue to work hard untill they realize that this temporary measure is far closer to the solution the city needs than their current choice of long term non-solution.
Here are two steps you can take right now to keep this fight going:
Download these posters and put them up in your laundry room, community room, neighbor's mailboxes, etc.
If you, or someone you know, has received a rent hike in contravention of this rent freeze, here is a letter you can use to help your landlord understand what’s what:
Rising rents are threatening our community’s ability to stay in their homes. Rent stabilization is a key element to achieving fair and stable rents for the citizens of Glendale. That is why we are working hard to pass the Community Stabilization and Fair Rent Act.
The Glendale Tenants Union has been advocating for a Community Stabilization and Fair Rent Act since its founding in 2017. The proposed ordinance would cap rent increases at maximum 4% per year and establish a Rent Board to oversee the implementation of the new ordinance. The full text of the proposed ordinance is available here.
This latest wave of rallies and demands are a consequence of years of deepening economic crisis, petition collections, hundreds of appearances at City Hall, and various resident groups, predating the formation of GTU, standing up against rising rents in Glendale.