Associations – Tenant Associations can protect your rights

Tenant Associations Thomas Hogan Law OfficeTenant associations are voluntary organizations of renters of private and public housing aimed at protecting the rights of the tenants. A tenant association may consist of renters living in a building, in a development or entire neighborhood, city or even county.

Role of Tenant Associations

Tenant associations also play an important role at the city and county level:

  • Lobby with the government to protect the rights of the tenants.
  • Negotiate with the landlords on behalf of the tenants to improve the condition of the buildings and the services provided to the tenants.
  • Play an important role in protecting the rights of tenants.
  • Spread awareness amongst their members about federal, state and local laws that affect tenant rights.

Right against discrimination

As a tenant, you have the right to join a tenant association. Your landlord cannot prevent you from becoming a member of a tenant association. Federal and state laws prohibit the landlord from discriminating or taking retaliatory action against any tenant solely on the basis of the tenant’s membership of a tenant association. Examples of prohibited actions include:

  • Eviction threats
  • Not making the necessary repairs
  • Sudden unreasonable hire in the rent

If your building has sufficient common area and your landlord allows other groups to meet in the common area, then your landlord cannot prevent a tenant association from using the common area for a meeting.

Joining a Tenant Association

If your building or neighborhood already has a tenant association, you can join the association. You can also join other city or county level tenant associations.



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