About RAHU

As tenants in RAHU we are by definition not the owning class. We are at the frontline of facing housing precarity. We acknowledge that the land on which we live was stolen from First Nations peoples, and as the custodians of these lands, their sovereignty has never been ceded.

RAHU members holding a sign demanding "Solidarity with Qld tenants. No evictions in a pandemic!"

We are committed to the cause of decolonisation through acts of our organisation, including paying 10% of all our dues and sales to First Nations run and focused organisations. 

The human right to a safe, secure home should not be determined by capital, nor those who seek to make profit in exploitation of this right.

As such we don’t endorse any political party nor take direction or influence from any political party related to government.

We are renters and people in precarious housing from all industries, ethnicities and identities.

Through our shared commonalities, we commit to upholding our rights in union.

Our Strength is in our Solidarity

Who we are

RAHU is a member-run union. We are comprised of renters, public housing tenants, squatters, homeless, home-owners, and people in unstable housing from all Australian states and territories.

Collectively we organise for the right to affordable, accessible, and approbate housing for all, through self-advocacy, education, and eviction defence.

Who can become a member?

All renters, public/community housing tenants and people in unstable housing basicly anyone who is not a landlord.
Solidarity members who own their own home are also welcome to join, but don’t have voting rights.

Sign up as a member using our sign up form.

Together we can

  • Educate and share information about our rights as renters and people in unstable housing
  • Support and defend each other from eviction
  • Represent ourselves in negotiations and tribunals
  • Build a long-term community of renters to navigate common issues

How are we structured?

  • We organise collectively in working groups, affinity groups, and committees
  • Local groups or ‘branches’ are formed by area
  • All together we make up a General Membership Branch, enabling state-wide organisation and representation

How we formed

The Renters and Housing Union was formed out of the COVID19 Rent Strike movement, and unionised in May, 2020.

In the wake of the COVID-19 global pandemic, renters and those in precarious housing have been plunged into unprecedented levels of housing vulnerability.

3 RAHU members organising mutual aid, first raised in front of a van showing  some donated goods.

Since then, RAHU has been busy supporting tenants with rental issues including rent reductions, evictions, and navigating the legal process.

We have worked to coordinate donations to the public housing towers placed under hard lock down in July, partnering with organisations such as AMSSA.

In September with the end of the eviction moratorium and cuts to JobSeeker and JobKeeper, we supported renters facing the same pandemic issues with scaled back support and protections.

RAHU is committed to continue the fight for tenants rights and housing accessibility. Every human deserves a home.

Our strength is in our solidarity!

Our concerns

  • There is still an imbalance of power between renters and landlords / real estate agents.
  • Landlords and real estate agents are not accountable for their actions towards renters. They should not have the right to determine whether a person becomes homeless.
  • Renters have no guarantee of good faith negotiations with landlords and agents
  • Rent deferrals will lead to unrealistic debt and financial distress.
  • Real estate agents should not have the right to judge whether we should be made homeless at any time, let alone during a pandemic.
  • Renters are increasingly likely to face eviction now.
  • The housing crisis is getting worse, and homelessness is continuing to grow.

What are our demands?

Read the up to date list here

Black and white RAHU logo.
A circle with the words "collective organised action" and "Renters and Housing Union" around the circumference of the circle.
3 houses and an apartment tower form the middle of the logo.