Our Impact

Multinational bank backs down to local campaigners” – Bristol Cable
Neighbours form human chain around a mum’s house to stop eviction” – Metro
Victory for campaign as mayor scraps council tax changes” – Bristol Cable

From three to a thousand

In spring 2014 three ACORN organisers began knocking on doors in Easton in Bristol, with a plan to build an independent organisation that would represent and fight for the rights of local people. Since then we’ve gone from strength to strength and developed into a national organisation with over 1,000 members and multiple branches.

The union for renters

The state of housing in this country is well known and since the very beginning our members have made that one of our main priorities. 

Our actions have won hundreds of thousands of pounds for our members in repairs and unfairly kept deposits. When landlords have tried to evict their tenant for asking for repairs we’ve mobilised our communities to stop them being made homeless.

Other campaigns

We’ve successfully challenged property developers and local authorities to provide desperately-needed affordable housing and have won better standards for tenants through legislation to make sure landlords are licensed. We’ve tackled landlords exploiting tenants through ’sex for rent’ deals and won fire safety improvements in tower blocks following the Grenfell fire disaster.

We’ve also run successful campaigns to get Santander to drop a “rent-rise” clause from their buy-to-let mortgages, to persuade TSB to remove a clause that stopped landlords from renting to tenants on housing benefit and to get Bristol’s Mayor to scrap a change in the city’s council tax regime that would have taken £8m from 25,000 of the city’s poorest residents. 

You can read more about our campaigns by clicking on the headings below.

I found just one group who were actually taking this seriously… A housing union called ACORN” – BBC Documentary, Ellie Undercover

Issues we are taking on


Public services

Corporate accountability

Member defence