Keep Housing on the Agenda for Holyrood!

With elections in just over a month, we want to make sure candidates for the Scottish Parliament know how important capping rents is to fixing private rented housing. Candidates will be up and down the country looking for votes, so… Continue Reading →

SNP, Labour, Green, and RISE youth wings back the call for rent controls

Our campaign’s call for rent controls and secure, affordable housing has resonated across the political spectrum, and the campaign has received the backing of the youth wings of the SNP, Labour, Greens, and RISE. It is clear that, for many… Continue Reading →

Scotland’s tenants celebrate historic housing win

Living Rent, Scotland’s tenants’ union, welcomes new legislation that will improve security for people renting homes in the private rented sector, and hailed first steps for a growing tenants’ movement in Scotland. Activists highlighted that while the fight for rent… Continue Reading →

Living Rent welcomes SNP conference commitment to rent controls

Delegates at the SNP Spring Conference have today voted overwhelmingly to support a resolution committing the party to supporting the introduction of national rent controls for all tenants. Living Rent’s call for rent controls, such as those that exist in… Continue Reading →

Will the Private Tenancies Bill tackle affordability?

In one week’s time, the Scottish Parliament will vote on the new Private Tenancies bill, and this bill means big changes for anyone renting privately in Scotland. Lots of these changes are good news – particularly around flexibility and security,… Continue Reading →

Letting agency drops ‘cleaning fee’ after Living Rent campaign

Zone Letting have agreed to drop their ‘cleaning fee’ after Living Rent members staged pickets outside their Glasgow and Edinburgh offices last month. Zone Letting were offering an optional £120 cleaning fee to tenants in their Glasgow properties, a practice… Continue Reading →

Step by Step and Amendment by Amendment: Getting Better Tenants’ Rights

As the Private Housing Bill is making its way through the Scottish Parliament, we analyse our victories and highlight what still hangs in the balance. We’ve already announced it and the stage 2  amendments have confirmed it: Security and flexibility… Continue Reading →

Five Reasons why Living Rent Loves Trade Unions!

This week is #Iheartunions week, where trade unions in the UK have been asking people to tell the world why they love trade unions, and join them to fight the Conservative government’s attack on their existence. It’s no secret at… Continue Reading →

Guest blog: Rent controls got rid of the slums, rent regulation could make housing affordable again today – Danny Dorling

The below is an edited exact from: Dorling, D. (2015, 2nd edition) All That Is Solid: How the great housing disaster defines our times and what we can do about it, London, Allen Lane. A century ago, to try to alleviate the… Continue Reading →

Do student tenants reject the proposed tenancy reforms?

A landlord campaign is claiming that student tenants reject the new proposed tenancy for the private rented sector in Scotland. They argue that a ‘student tenancy’, is needed for the student market as a result. However, close scrutiny of the… Continue Reading →

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