A Manual for Tenant Organizers

Bylsma, Klass
Publisher:  N.D.G. Tenant's Association, Canada
Year Published:  1977  
Pages:  32pp  
Book Type:  Handbooks/Manuals

Resource Type:  Article
Cx Number:  CX457

This manual examines the problems of evictions, rent increases, reduction of services and lack of repairs encountered by Montrealers and provides information on possible recourses and action.

Abstract:  "Tenants in Montreal comprise 80 per cent of the population. As a result of the present housing crisis, they are subject to an ever-increasingly economic squeeze. The vacancy rate is approximately 1 per cent. As a result, landlords are profiteering through rent gouging and exaggerated rent increases. While at the same time, they cut back on services and repairs...."

This manual examines the problems of evictions, rent increases, reduction of services and lack of repairs encountered by Montrealers and provides information on possible recourses and action. As a solution to the defenceless and powerless position one is left in such situaitions, the manual suggests the formation of tenant committees for support. Steps towards the formation of such associations are also outlined.

Having dealt with short-term goals, the document concludes with remarkes about the necessity for long-term goals. These would basically be concerned with challenging the primary "rights" afforded to property owners by the legal and political systems.


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