Surrey Rally for Repairs
Posted March 15, 2023
On 6th March Surrey members held a Rally for Repairs at City Council! Close to 20 members came out to demand that Mayor Brenda Locke and City Councillors listen to tenants and act fast to protect affordable housing. Many of the last affordable apartment buildings in Surrey have been bought up by developers and financialized landlords who ignore repairs and pest infestations as a tactic to force long-term tenants to leave. That’s why ACORN is demanding that Surrey City Council protect tenants from slumlords by licensing landlords and expanding the standards of maintenance bylaw to include common repair problems like broken appliances, mold, and cockroaches.
Emerging North Surrey leader Michael spoke about the urgency of the repairs that members are dealing with, and members took turns leading chants and handing out fliers to people passing by.
The rally was a huge success! City staff reached out the morning after the rally to share the news that ACORN is on the agenda to speak at an upcoming committee meeting about our demands. Stay tuned for updates as ACORN fights for a long overdue crackdown on Surrey slumlords!