The event describes itself as a place “to educate you about your rights and responsibilities as a tenant.”
“Find out what you can do about your rental issues. Come to get educated. Know your rights!”
Jagga Singh Jatt, from the New Brunswick Renters Union, explains the event “will feature a few legal experts giving presentations about renters rights, followed by a question and answer session.
“We expect curious renters/future renters to show up and find out what they need to know about not only what their rights are but their responsibilities as good tenants as well.”
The meeting will take place in room 202 of the Cook Campus Center on Wednesday, April 17th, 2013 at 5:00pm.
Jatt explains the history of the event, “We started less than a year ago in september of 2012 and ever since have been working to educate tenants of their various rights as renters. We met with Don Heilman, Director of Student Legal Services and the meeting went great.
“We agreed to collaborate on events such as this and he has given us overall support on any issues we have.”
Last year’s “Know Your Rights” featured guests Charlie Kratovil, editor of NewBrunswickToday.com, Judy Law, an expert on home safety regarding mold and radon and Heilman, to speak about various items pertinent to renters.
Jatt continues, “we had 25-30 people attend and learn a lot. This semester, the event was planned by Student Legal Services and co-sponsored by us.”
“We at the New Brunswick Renters Union believe that every Renter should be educated on what they have the right to do in certain situations. In a town like New Brunswick with both college students and people who have trouble with English renting, landlords are more likely to take advantage of their tenants.
“These people have the right to know what they could do to stop this.
“One problem I hear often is that landlords just barge into the property or home unannounced. The law clearly states they must give 24 hours of advanced notice. Most people do not know this. Its items like this we hope to teach.”
The organization offers a brief fact sheet about the rights of renters in New Brunswick
Know Your Rights will also be present at Tent State this year, date and time to be announced. Check the event’s facebook page for more information.
Molly O'Brien started writing for New Brunswick Today as a freelance reporter in February 2013.
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