Membership dues at the Tenants Union are on a sliding scale based on income, but we encourage you to give the amount that is meaningful to you and to give generously to keep the TU going strong! The general guideline for membership dues is $1 for every $1,000 of annual household income. For example, if your household makes $20,000 a year, the annual membership dues would be $20.
For a small organization, the Tenants Union does a tremendous amount with the resources we have. The TU is a powerhouse for renters’ rights, and members make this work possible.
Access to housing, affordability, safe and healthy living conditions, eviction prevention and the power to assert our rights are only the beginning. Tenants need information about their rights and how to use them, stronger protections, and meaningful ways to enforce the law. With a proud 35-year history of work for housing justice through education and organizing, the TU is uniquely well-suited to respond to the challenges renters face in Washington State. Members are the heart and strength of the TU’s work. Join today!
Members also receive a Renter’s Kit full of comprehensive resources about your rights as a tenant and have access to a Member Callback Line.
You can become a member, renew your membership, or make a donation to the Tenants Union in three ways:
Or donate by phone at (206) 722-6848 × 102, or by mail with this Membership Donation Form.
All donations to the Tenants Union are tax deductible. The Tenants Union of Washington State is a 501c(3) non-profit organization, Tax ID # 91-0967863.
You got help through the Tenants Union’s Education Program or website. The TU is a small but extraordinarily powerful organization that provides Education Program services to over 1,400 Washington State renters a year. We’re able to offer these services for free across the state because of the financial support of tenants like you.
You have benefited from the Just Cause Eviction Ordinance or another law. Most of the tenant protections in Seattle and statewide exist because Tenants Union members, renters just like you, fought for them. The TU has a strong track record of victories for housing justice through empowerment-based education, outreach, leadership development, organizing, and legislative advocacy. Read about them at TU Victories and TU History.
You are a renter in Washington State and you want stronger rights and protections for tenants. You may have had problems getting repairs done, getting your deposits back or being given 20 days’ notice to vacate. If you have ever had a housing problem, you know that laws in Washington State are not strong enough to offer tenants the protections they both need and deserve. Every TU member builds the strength of the organization and continues this crucial work to win concrete improvements for renters.
You want to stay connected to and get involved in the movement for tenants’ rights. The TU’s regular newsletter, Tenant Solidarity, informs our membership about emerging issues for renters, organizing campaigns, and upcoming events. Members also have the opportunity to get more involved with work for housing justice. See Volunteer at the TU and Tenant Action for more information on how you can get involved with the TU.
You want to take a stand for social, racial and economic justice. Tenants Union members are people who believe in the power of grassroots organizing and are willing share what they have to help create a more just, equitable society.
The TU has won significant victories for tenants’ rights in the last 35 years. Below is a partial list of victories TU tenant leaders and members have won. See TU History for a more comprehensive list of Tenants Union work through the last 35 years.