PTU response to coronavirus/COVID-19

Can't pay rent because of COVID-19? Your landlord is forbidden from evicting you if you cannot pay rent due to a loss of income related to the coronavirus/COVID-19 outbreak, but the law is weak. PTU is demanding stronger tenant protections. Join us!

An emergency ordinance was passed for the City of Pasadena on March 17, 2020, in part due to efforts by PTU, in response to the outbreak of the coronavirus/COVID-19. This emergency ordinance establishes a moratorium on evictions that would result from non-payment of rent due to a tenant's loss of income related to COVID-19. You can find more information about this moratorium in this press release from the city. We have also created a guide for rent witholding with sample letters to your landlord. Click the link below with steps and guidance on how to notify your landlord. Call our Tenant Solidarity Hotline if you have questions about how this ordinance applies to you, and how you can stay in your home.

Rent Withholding Sample Letters

The morotorium is in effect for the duration of Pasadena's state of emergency. Unfortunately, despite a current lack of resources for those who lose income, tenants will still be responsible for the unpaid rent acccumulated during this time, and will be required to pay this "back rent" within 6 months after the end of the state of emergency. We need to be connecting with our neighbors and pushing for a cancellation of rent during this pandemic. We demand NO RENT, NO EVICTIONS. Get on our mailing list to join the struggle.

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Who We Are

PTU is the heart of the struggle for housing justice here in Pasadena. It is where tenants and allies gather to organize against rising rents, evictions and gentrification. As tenants, we don't have control over our own housing. Our homes need repairs. From one day to the next, we can be kicked out, or priced out of our community. PTU is where we can link together all the struggles for housing taking place every day in our city.

The law is not on our side because as individuals, we don't have the same power, money and political influence as property-owners. Instead, what we must do is build collective power. We must build our own institutions to take care of one another, cultivate community, confront injustice, compel city hall to enact laws to protect tenants and the working class, or change the laws ourselves.

Our Meetings

NOTE: Due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, we are holding our meetings online. Please join our email list or email us at to receive information about joining these meetings.

When: We meet on the second and fourth Thursdays of each month at 7 PM

Where: Pasadena Job Center (500 N. Lake Ave)

Tenant Solidarity Hotline

If you have issues with your housing, if you think something illegal is happening to you, give us a call. The hotline is run by volunteer members of the union.

(626) 214-8989

We cannot provide you with legal advice but we will do our best to counsel you with information about your rights as a tenant and potential strategies for fighting back.