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Organizing Austin Renters for healthy and affordable homes.

BASTA is a non-profit project dedicated to helping Austin renters work with their neighbors to improve conditions in their homes and communities.

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We envision a future where

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  • CONDUCT OUTREACH

    Our first step to improving conditions at properties is talking to renters. Engaging renters in conversations helps identify  common problems. We employ a variety of outreach techniques to connect with tenants at substandard properties and to figure out what issues are most important to them.

     

    Outreach techniques include

    canvassing, one-on-one

    conversations, meetings,

    flyering, attending resource

    fairs, and conducting

    educational workshops.

     

  • FORM & DEVELOP TENANT ASSOCIATIONS

    Part of our mission is creating solidarity in tenant communities by developing tenant associations.  After initial outreach, our team organizes meetings where we bring neighbors together to discuss their common goals and the role collective action can play in achieving them.

     

    Once formed, we work with tenant associations to build the

    association's membership, facilitate a culture of consensus-

    oriented decision-making, and develop  the leadership skills

     necessary to sustain a tenant-led organization.

     

     

    We help associations navigate the ups and downs inherent to

    this work.  Keeping an inclusive tenant association active

    requires navigating the challenges of poverty, racism, and a

    culture of individualism. Organizers help tenant

    associations overcome these barriers.

  • STRATEGIZE TO IMPROVE CONDITIONS

    We work with tenant associations to choose the best tactics to achieve their desired outcomes and assist in the development and execution of their specific plans.

    Our strategies include collecting and submitting written repair requests as a group; tenant association meetings with management, property owners and third parties; making group complaints to Austin Code; and legal advocacy.

     

    We are constantly workshopping and improving methods while developing new strategies.

  • EDUCATE ON TENANT RIGHTS

    Knowing the protections and limitations of Texas landlord tenant law helps renters make informed decisions about their homes. We educate tenants about these rights at tenant meetings, community workshops, and resource fairs.

    We use visual aids, participatory skits, interactive presentations, and games to talk about:

    • Repair Rights
    • Organizing Rights
    • Retaliation
    •  Evictions & Eviction

              Protections

    • Management

              Interactions

  • TRAIN TENANT LEADERS

    Our goal is to create sustainable and autonomous tenant associations by cultivating leadership in tenant communities.

     

    We provide one-on-one guidance and group trainings in the following areas: outreach methods, facilitation techniques, negotiation strategy, campaign planning, and property research.

     

    By developing leaders, tenants associations are equipped to more  effectively advocate for themselves and their neighbors.

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INSPECTIONS

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RESIDENT ACTION

We're sending tenant leaders from across Austin to upcoming national conferences! These tenants have a great opportunity to network and develop their skills, but we need your help. Visit youcaring.org/BASTA to find out how you can help!

this information is for educational purposes only and should not be interpreted as legal counsel or advice.

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BASTA is a non-profit project dedicated to helping Austin renters work together to improve the conditions of their homes and communities.

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