DSRU is a student renters union. We are composed entirely of students united in the common interest of tenants' rights. We operate on the basis of member solidarity, meaning that we support each others in matters relating to protecting tenants' rights. In order to do so, we use methods of peaceful but strong action. If we believe a landlord, agency or hall operator is acting unfairly towards one of our members then we may issue a letter backing that member, choose to peacefully demonstrate in their favour or campaign both online and in person for their rights to be protected.
If you've received a letter from us, we are contacting you usually about a specific case relating to a renter that has had some dealing with you recently. Our letters are not demands, we hope to come to a resolution with you through polite negotiation. Any contact you receive from us will ultimately hope to resolve the case. As mentioned above, we take a lot of time to ensure that our members' situations require us to help them campaign. Please get in touch with us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions or if you're hoping to come to a resolution.
No. Our union is focused towards making sure that renters are being treated fairly and we only respond to situations in which they are being treated unfairly. You won't hear from us unless we have dedicated lots of time to reviewing the situation and believe we have a justified case in our members' favour. We also redirect our members to correct third party institutions when they require legal help or advice, such as Shelter Scotland and Citizens Advice Scotland. We simply campaign on our members' behalf in situations that are unjust.
We are a voluntary, not-for-profit, unincorporated association funded solely by donations. Our structure is entirely democratic and our executive committee (which leads most interaction with you) is chosen by our members to serve their interests. You can see more information about our policies, codes of conduct, ethics and structure on this page.
Yes! We are also campaigning for further equality in the rental system. The rental pool in Dundee is very small for the number of students that study here in the city. If you think you can help us move towards a better, brighter future for both renters and landlords then don't hesitate to get in touch. We hope these FAQs have cleared any questions you have up, if not, feel free to drop us a line.