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Donate Now Through Network for Good Washington State tenants have won important legal protections, but these rights don't go far enough. Members help build the movement to protect and expand tenants rights and make the promise of safe, healthy, affordable housing a reality.

Tenants Union Membership

The Tenants Union builds power in the movement for tenants’ rights and housing justice.

Become a member of the Tenants Union

Membership dues at the Tenants Union are on a sliding scale based on income, but we encourage you to give the amount that is meaningful to you and to give generously to keep the TU going strong! The general guideline for membership dues is $1 for every $1,000 of annual household income. For example, if your household makes $20,000 a year, the annual membership dues would be $20.

Access to housing, affordability, safe and healthy living conditions, eviction prevention and the power to assert our rights are only the beginning. Tenants need information about their rights and how to use them, stronger protections, and meaningful ways to enforce the law. With a proud 35-year history of work for housing justice through education and organizing, the TU is uniquely well-suited to respond to the challenges renters face in Washington State. Members are the heart and strength of the TU’s work. Join today!

Tenants Union Members:

  • Build power in numbers and a movement for tenants’ rights across the state
  • Grow the organization and our collective ability to do effective work
  • Secure the TU’s long-term stability
  • Strengthen TU’s influence with policy makers
  • Shape the direction of the work based on the most emergent issues impacting Washington State renters

Join the TU online or by calling the Membership & Development Coordinator at (206) 722-6848 × 102.

All donations to the Tenants Union are tax deductible. The Tenants Union of Washington State is a 501c(3) non-profit organization, Tax ID # 91-0967863.

Join the Tenants Union action alert list

Action Alert! Attend the Seattle City Council’s Affordable Housing Committee Meeting permalink

Please join community members, activists, and allies at City Hall on May 18 at 9:30 AM to support tenants’ rights and make sure the Carl Haglund Law is not watered down in committee.

hn 3. Demand Housing Justice!

Support the Carl Haglund Law against Rent Hikes in Substandard Housing

Join Councilmember Kshama Sawant, tenants, and housing activists to push forward an ordinance to stop landlords from raising rents in buildings with housing and building code violations.

What: Affordable Housing, Neighborhoods & Finance Committee
When: Wednesday, May 18 – 9:30 AM (To give public comment, show up between 9am and 9:15am)
Where: Council Chambers, Seattle City Hall (600 Fourth Ave)

Next General Meeting - June 22nd! permalink

Next Monday, we will discuss more myths and realities around rent control. We will provide techniques for resistance, including how to get involved with our anti-displacement campaign, Renter’s Strike Back. We will also discuss our Healthy Housing Organizing Project, and how to get involved with advocating against substandard housing.

Last, we will unveil our 2015 Tenant Needs Community Survey. We’ll have a sign up sheet for those interested in conducting field and phone surveys, as well as some swag for those who sign up!

See you there!

Next General Meeting Confirmed! June 4th, 2015 at 6pm permalink

Our guest speaker will be Kshama Sawant, she will talk about Rent Control. Also, our very own Interim ED, Liz Etta, will discuss some myths and realities of rent control vs. rent stabilization throughout the Greater Seattle area.

Where: Hillman City Collaboratory
5623 Rainier Avenue South
Seattle, WA 98118

When: June 4th, 2015

Time: 6pm – 8pm

RSVP, questions, want to volunteer, need childcare or interpretation? Contact Violet at (206) 722-6848 X 102. See you there!

Why Join the Tenants Union permalink

Join the Tenants Union if:

  • You believe that every renter deserves safe, affordable housing free from discrimination, retaliation and eviction threats. Members are people who share the Tenants Union’s values and vision for housing justice and are willing to make an annual donation to support the work.
  • You got help through the Tenants Union’s Education Program or website. The TU is a small but extraordinarily powerful organization that provides Education Program services to over 1,400 Washington State renters a year. We’re able to offer these services for free across the state because of the financial support of tenants like you.

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How to Join or Donate to the TU permalink

You can become a member, renew your membership, or make a donation to the Tenants Union in three ways:

1) Online through the Network for Good website.

2) Over the Phone by calling us at (206) 722-6848 × 102.

3) By Mail by filling out the Membership Donation Form, or writing your Name, Address, Phone, Email and sending with your Membership Dues to:

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Tenant Union Members Speak permalink

“The TU is a powerful political voice for renters.”
City Councilmember Nick Licata

“I just think what you’re doing is so valuable. I don’t know what I would have done [if the illegal eviction hadn’t been stopped]. It’s not like people can just walk away from needing shelter. I’ve had so many lucky things happen…and the first lucky thing was that I went to the Tenants Union for help.”
– Mary Czerniski, Tenants Union Member

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TU Victories permalink

The TU has won significant victories for tenants’ rights in the last 35 years. Below is a partial list of victories TU tenant leaders and members have won. See TU History for a more comprehensive list of Tenants Union work through the last 35 years.

Legislative Advocacy

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What is Housing Justice? permalink

It’s about Fair Treatment
  • Over one third of Washington State residents are renters. Seattle is home to over 500,000 tenants.
  • There are no mechanisms for the enforcement of landlord-tenant laws, and landlords are not licensed or regulated in any way. Landlord-tenant laws in Washington State are considered “self-help.”
  • Tenants who assert their rights often face retaliation in the form of eviction. Landlord-tenant laws are outdated, difficult to understand, and weighted towards landlords.

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Tenant Counseling Volunteers permalink

Have you gotten help from the TU’s tenant rights hotline? Are you are passionate about empowering tenants with the information to keep themselves & their families safety housed? The Tenants Union occasionally trains volunteers to provide housing counseling to tenants seeking to understand and assert their rights. Tenant Counselors are trained in landlord-tenant matters and listen to tenants’ concerns, ask questions to draw out key information, and identify the housing issues. Counselors are knowledgeable in state and local housing laws, and explain the options a tenant may use to resolve their housing crisis. Tenant Counselors do not give legal advice, but do connect tenants to information, tools and resources, TU membership, organizing and advocacy for housing justice.

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