That is Good Neighbours mission.
In 2013, Drew Minns was abruptly told to leave his apartment because the restaurant he lived above left their gas on. Standing outside with his neighbours until 4am while the fire department cleared the space, a neighbour said that it wasn’t the first time it had happened.
Renting is broken. Renting is viewed as commodity rather than a human need. Still, we put customer service last in our mind. Good Neighbour wants to challenge the idea of what renting is by putting the customer first.
Rental requirements often involve credit checks, pay stubs, background checks, letter of employments and references among others.
No other industry asks for thousands a month from someone while defaulting to mistrust. Renters are asked to commit to housing blindly and then treated as if they don't deserve respect.
Our neighbourhoods succeed when everyone does. Good Neighbour is going to push landlords and property managers to do better by their customers.
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The number of landlords working in the company.
Growing up, Drew straddled two realms: on one hand, he was a scrappy punk kid with a DIY mentality; on the other, he was an early adopter of the internet, and understood the opportunities these new technologies presented. Today, Drew is fortunate to be able to bring both these elements of his personality together through his work, always in new and innovative ways.
Drew’s experience as a designer, developer, teacher and leader at some of Canada’s top agencies, entertainment companies and schools has allowed him to build projects with passion and empathy. Good Neighbour is a passion project that allows him to challenge boundaries and scratch the creative itch.
Good Neighbour is a part time project that is run solely out of pocket. There are plans to expand to other markets and increase functionality through other platforms. If you're interested in making housing more equitable and valuable for everyone, please reach out. We currently need help with:
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