HAMILTON TENANT: A NEWSLETTER BY AND FOR TENANTS IN HAMILTON
Welcome to the second issue of Hamilton Tenant: A newsletter by and for tenants in Hamilton. The goal of this newsletter is to share the stories of tenants in Hamilton and inspire each other in our collective struggle for better conditions in our homes and our lives. Several articles in this issue focus on tenants’ frustrations with the Landlord and Tenant Board as a means of bringing justice to tenants seeking affordable, safe homes. We hear from tenants who are working with their neighbours to fight for repairs in their homes, bringing their demands to the landlord directly rather than waiting for months before a maintenance application can be heard at the Landlord and Tenant Board. We hear from several tenants from the Stoney Creek Towers in east Hamilton who are taking direct action against their landlord through a rent strike, demanding that their landlord cancel a proposed Above Guideline Increase in rent. These tenants know that the Landlord and Tenant Board acts as a rubber stamping mechanism for landlords seeking rent increases. We also hear from tenants who are working together to push back against their landlord’s attempts to squash organizing through harassment, surveillance, and intimidation. We hope you enjoy the newsletter and find it useful.
Included in this issue:
- We're Stronger When We're Organized
- Who Does the Landlord and Tenant Board Serve?
- Tenants' Reflections from the Landlord and Tenant Board
- Tenants Organize Despite Landlord's Scare Tactics
- "My Heart Is So Stressed": Reflections from a Rent Striker Fighting Rent Increases
- Fighting for Repairs in Our Homes: Stories from Tenants Across Hamilton
Alternatively, read the articles included in this issue online here.
Volume 01, Issue 02
Welcome to the first issue of Hamilton Tenant: A newsletter by and for tenants in Hamilton. The goal of this newsletter is to share the stories of working-class tenants in Hamilton and inspire each other in our collective struggle for better conditions in our homes and our lives. This issue will focus on tenant struggles in East Hamilton. As of September 2018, tenants from the Stoney Creek Towers are entering the fifth month of their rent strike against landlord InterRent REIT and property manager CLV Group, fighting against a big rent hike and for repairs. Thank you to everyone who contributed to this issue by writing articles, participating in interviews, drawing illustrations, and helping with design, printing, and distribution. Thank you to the Centre for Community-Engaged Narrative Arts (CCENA) at McMaster University for financial support. We invite anyone interested in helping with future issues to attend our next editorial meeting on Monday, September 24, 2018 at 6pm at the Riverdale Community Centre (150 Violet Drive, Hamilton). You could write an article, talk about your experiences in an interview, submit artwork or photographs, etc. For now, happy reading! We hope you enjoy this first issue of the newsletter and find it useful.
Included in this issue:
- Editorial: Welcome to the First Issue of Hamilton Tenant
- Feature Interviews: Voices of the East Hamilton Rent Strike
- Lessons from History: Rent Strikes Around the World
- Campaign Updates: The East Hamilton Rent Strike So Far