Rent With Rights Campaign
Rent with Rights was first launched in the fall of 2016 with the goal of creating awareness among students at the partner universities (UBC, UBC-O, SFU, and U-VIC) about the lack of rental rights for students in institutional housing. Last year’s campaign at UBC, led by the AMS, was focused on spreading the word about the need for rental rights to protect students living on campus through various campaign techniques. The 9 asks were presented to the official opposition’s of housing and advanced education, as well as to the Minister of Advanced Education. The Point Grey MLA and then Official Opposition of Housing, David Eby (current Attorney General), has also written a letter in support of these recommendations.
The Rent with Rights campaign aims to improve the housing rights currently available to students living in on-campus residences and housing. The campaign strives to create a living environment that is fair, safe, and of high quality for university students who are residents on campus, so they can be properly protected by their housing agreements. We have partnered with SFSS (Simon Fraser Students’ Society), UVSS (University of Victoria Students’ Society) and ABCS (Alliance of BC Students), which in total represents over 409, 000 students. These schools and associations have formally given their support to the recommendations under Rent with Rights.
We will be presenting the nine asks that were prepared last year, along with our petition sheets to the provincial government in Spring 2018. The recommendations of Rent With Rights if adopted into legislation, will offer protection to students living in on-campus residences across the province.
What is the AMS?
The Alma Mater Society (AMS) of the University of British Columbia-Vancouver is the student union for over 50,000 constituents at UBC’s Point Grey Campus in Vancouver, including both undergraduate and graduate students. The AMS is a non-profit society incorporated under the BC Society Act with the mission “to improve the quality of the educational, social, and personal lives of the students of UBC.” In support of this mission, the AMS advocates to the university and all levels of government for issues that are in the interest of students. The AMS also administers a health and dental plan for its students, owns and operates businesses that fund its seven services, runs a Sexual Assault Support Centre and organizes high-quality social events.
Officially speaking, the AMS’s mission is: To improve the quality of the educational, social, and personal lives of the students of UBC.