The North Carolina Tenants Union is the statewide union of Local Tenant Unions united in our fight for housing as a human right.

Tenants have been organizing in North Carolina for decades. Our state has a long history of folks struggling together for a better world–in our workplaces, our neighborhoods, and our buildings. 

But the path to a better world isn’t a straight line. Over the past few years, the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, low wages and high inflation, and a rocky job market have all highlighted just how hard it is to make it. And that’s before rent’s due. Across North Carolina, tenants have been organizing to defend their homes. 

In 2024, 6 local unions formed the statewide union. Each local union is run by tenants organizing to defend their homes. At the state-level, the board is made up of representatives from each of the citywide unions and they steer NCTU’s work. 

NCTU is committed to the idea that real democracy is the best way forward. We believe tenants should have a say over their homes. 

We’re just getting started. Contact us about how to bring democracy to your housing.

Declaración de Propósitos

To realize housing as a human right for every North Carolinian, we seek to build a housing system that prioritizes people over profit. To transform the housing system, NCTU members organize grassroots organizing campaigns led by directly-affected tenants to stop displacement, win critical repairs, stop rent increases, democratically control their housing and strengthen tenants’ rights. 


Creating and Sustaining Equity (CASE)

New Bern

Housing Justice Now


Action NC


Triangle Tenants Union


Western NC Tenants Network


New Hanover Tenants Union