An activists’s group which in the past has held protests immediately outside letting agents’ offices is appealing for £10,000 to develop an app that can call individuals together if there is an “emergency”.
Acorn, which sometimes describes itself as a union, has been the subject of many stories on Letting Agent Today; last year it protested outside a Bristol agent’s office because he declined to sign a pledge document put to him by the group, while in 2017 it held a demo outside the office of another Bristol agency which it alleged levied “unfair” fees on tenants.
On its website it says: “From day one, Acorn has taken-on dozens of rogue landlords and letting agents. Through direct action we have successfully fought unfair charges, won repairs, and stopped evictions.”
Now it wants to raise £10,000 on the Crowdfunder website to create an app which would call its supporters together in what it describes as “an emergency” - an as an example in the pitch for funds, it suggests “unfair evictions” could fall into that category.
“If a member is experiencing an emergency - like being harassed in the street or threatened by their landlord - they can open the Acorn Red Alert app and hit the emergency button.The app alerts other members to the emergency situation and broadcasts the location of where help is needed.Members responding to the emergency can also broadcast their location to show that the union is on it's way.”
As of yesterday evening it had raised under £3,000 of its target £10,000; here’s a video made by the group explaining what it wants the app to do.