What happens when capital markets and individual landlords control access to a fundamental human right?
A house or condo has changed from being a place to live, and a shelter for families, into a profit-making business – something to help us retire earlier.
Join us as Alyssa Brierley, human rights lawyer, explains the reasons for the global housing crisis, shares real-life stories of tenant eviction and discrimination, and challenges us to put people before profit.
In this episode
We talk about:
Acknowledging the land we’re on
Homelessness – it’s not just on the streets
Two reasons for the housing affordability crisis
Why tenants are being evicted into homelessness
Financialization – the business model of de-housing vulnerable people
How landlords legally, but immorally, coerce tenants into leaving
Landlord fraud – evicting tenants on false pretenses
Housing as a human right, vs. a market commodity
The privilege and responsibility of landlordship – enabling the right to life
CERA's work for tenants’ rights
Guest bio and references:
Alyssa Brierley is a human rights lawyer and the Executive Director of the Centre for Equality Rights in Accommodation (CERA). Alyssa previously served as a United Nations advisor on the right to food, and a policy advisor to the provincial government and Ontario College of Teachers. She is currently completing her PhD in political science, and has done extensive work researching and defending various human rights, including housing and health.
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What Words Can't Describe, by Vlad Gluschenko
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