Brisbane Renters Alliance acknowledges that we live and work on the land belonging to the Jagera and Turrbal peoples, whose sovereignty was never ceded. We pay our respects to and recognise the roles of Elders past, present and emerging.
We acknowledge that we live on stolen land, and that working towards rights for renters raises difficult questions about our role in relation to broader campaigns about First Nations Sovereignty.
We place ourselves within the broader movements for social, economic, and political justice and oppose colonialism, racism, capitalism, and all other forms of domination.
We want the Queensland Government to introduce a ‘right to remain’ for renters, a rule against rents increasing more than once every two years, a rule against rents rising faster than can afford, and minimum standards for rental properties. Read our core policy demands.
We want to empower renters to feel that they have the right to housing security.
We want to build stronger connections between different marginalised and disenfranchised groups, redefine renters rights as a key political issue, and make real estate agents more nervous about exploiting or mistreating tenants.
Brisbane Renters Alliance will organise community forums and doorknocks, engage in civil disobedience, and name-and-shame dodgy landlords. We want to put pressure on the State Government through organised, direct action and make sure we get a clear commitment from the government regarding our core policy demands before the next state election.
Forums and doorknocks:
We will organise forums where people can learn what their basic rights as a tenant are, and how best to get landlords to fulfil their responsibilities.
We will also have doorknocks to gauge renters concerns, politicise renters, and redefine renters rights as a key political issue.
Where we as a collective feel that a particular tenant is being forcibly evicted unfairly and has no safe home to move to, we will engage in civil disobedience to try to prevent such evictions.
We will also organise rallies when the State Government starts hearing submissions and making decisions about a minimum standards regulation.
We will be publicly outing the most exploitative real estate agents, with the caveat that we need to be very certain that our public criticisms are legitimate and fair.
We will put the word out through various channels to see if other tenants have had similar bad experiences with that agent, then once we have enough stories about bad behaviour (e.g. at least five), we go public.
We will work to foster social connections between renters through our shared experiences and foster a collective identity as renters.
By building solidarity we will support and empower renters, those in social and pension housing and those sleeping rough, to demand change and improve their lives.