About International Tenants' Day Canberra
International Tenants Day originated in 1986 when the French tenant organisation CNL proposed a special world day for tenants. The council of the International Union of Tenants agreed, and decided that it coincide with World Habitat Day (the first Monday in October). On this day throughout the world housing and tenancy issues are promoted and expounded. Issues such as rights for tenants, affordable rental, and tenant participation in all matters related to housing highlight the universality of tenancy.
Each year, events are held across the globe to mark International Tenants’ Day and act as a prompt to tenants to be aware of their rights and for the wider community to be aware of tenancy issues.
The International Union of Tenants' has its own ITD theme each year. For more information about the IUT and to find out about global 2019 events visit their website at http://www.iut.nu/
ITD (in) CBR
In CBR, this day coincides not only with the Labour Day long weekend, but also school holidays. There are a series of events run to celebrate ITD, including the well-established art exhibition and competition at Tuggeranong Arts Centre, live music events, Gardening for Renters and a film screening with ANU Film Group. Organisations involved in its planning and operation of ITD events in the ACT include the Tenants’ Union ACT, ACT Shelter, Housing ACT, Better Renting, and Street Law, a program of Canberra Community Law.
Since 1994 the Tenants' Union ACT has held events aimed at highlighting tenancy issues and promoting the different forms of tenancy in the ACT and the services available to tenants.
ITD is intended to celebrate the role of tenants in the ACT community and promote tenants’ and the wider community’s awareness of:
Tenancy rights and responsibilities
Where to go for tenancy advice and information
Tenancy issues, and
How to affect change regarding tenancy and housing