GMHA Pamphlet — the Myth of the Good Landlord

By Greater Manchester Housing Action (@gmhousingaction)     Earlier this year we published a piece on our site, ‘The Good Landlord is a Myth’ by ACORN Liverpool member Tom Lavin. The piece sought to take to task the oft-heard distinction between ‘good’ and ‘bad’ landlords — sometimes used even by housing NGOs — in order …

“We need scale and structure to really have a positive effect on the region”

By Greater Manchester Labour for a Green New Deal (@mcrLabGND)   Recently, a group of climate activists from Manchester Labour for a Green New Deal have made headlines across local and national outlets for their ingenious plans to retrain out of work theatre workers to retrofit homes to address the climate crisis. GMHA has long been in favour …

The political background to housing and community action in Ireland

By Aaron Downey   This is adapted from a talk given by Aaron to our recent event 'Is There Power in a Tenants Union?'. You can re-watch the whole event on our Facebook page, here. The piece was first published on the CATU Ireland blog here.   CATU Ireland was properly launched around a year ago, …

Organising tenants amidst the pandemic: how direct action still delivers

By ACORN Manchester (@AcornManchester)   Alone we are weak, but together we are strong. Our belief in this maxim is vital amidst a pandemic which has further exposed the injustices at the heart of society. As ACORN, we've shown that grassroots organising not only brings results, but by delivering these together as ordinary people, we advance …

“Our demands most moderate are, we only want the earth.”

By Greater Manchester Housing Action (@gmhousingaction)   If the tumultuous last few months have signalled one thing it is that this is no time for moderation. We simply cannot afford to wait in hope for the government to make concessions to those at the sharp end of the housing crisis.    There has been a …

Picketing landlords is good, actually

By Manchester-based housing organisers   Every single landlord who tries to evict someone in the midst of a public health emergency, which is twinned with a profound housing crisis, needs to take a long, hard look at themselves.   In a recent article, The Landlord Law Blog questions whether it’s right for anti-eviction activists to …

Northern Uproar

By Tom Blackburn (@malaiseforever)   The recent confrontation between Boris Johnson’s government at Westminster and Greater Manchester mayor Andy Burnham was something we hadn’t seen for many years: a bona fide showdown between central and local government. Given the punishment to which Labour councils have been subjected for the last decade, perhaps the only real …

‘Our safety has been sacrificed for profit.’ Student rent strike at UoM

Interview with University of Manchester student rent strikers (@rentstrikeUoM)   This week, students at the University of Manchester joined a growing list of student groups nationwide who are launching rent strikes in the face of the coronavirus pandemic. We speak to one of their student organisers.   First, can you outline what the situation is …

Save Our Homes LS26 — Dispatch from the Planning Appeal

By Jay Dee (@JDomicide)   On Friday the 16th October two weeks of virtual planning inquiry drew to a close. Sitting from 09:30am until 16:30 for 8 working days, this inquiry was a result of an appeal the developer, Pemberstone, lodged against the planning decision of Leeds City Council to refuse permission to demolish the …