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Free membership information

At the union’s 2023 All Member Assembly, we decided that we will no longer be offering free memberships to new joining members. This is in order to build the union’s financial independence and the ownership of the union by its members (you can read more here about why). New members will still be able to choose their own payment level, down to a minimum of £1 per month.

Currently, local union branches are still able to issue free memberships at their own discretion. This is intended for renters on very low income (or no income) who are interested in attending union meetings and activities to find out more about LRU, but aren’t yet ready to commit to paying for membership. You can ask about getting a free membership at a meeting of a union branch. We currently have branches for renters in Brent, Hackney, Haringey, Lewisham, Newham, Tower Hamlets, and local branch meetings are advertised on the union calendar.