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  • Rents down, rights up!

    Support the campaign for rent controls

  • Join Scotland's Tenants' Union

    Together we can stand up to landlords and win lower rents and secure tenancies

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    ACORN members work on the issues that matter to low and moderate income families in their communities, homes, and workplaces

Housing is a human right. Join the fight for decent, affordable and secure housing for all

 

Join Living Rent now or Donate here 

 

Living Rent is a mass-membership organisation of low- and middle-income renters, fighting together to win concrete improvements to our daily lives and to put political and economic power back where it belongs – in the hands of ordinary people. In short, we are a union.

We believe in the collective power of people to come together to fight for their rights and to ensure that everyone has decent and affordable housing. In any town or city, we build the union from scratch, by people working, taking action, and winning together.

We’ve stopped evictions, won tens of thousands of pounds worth in repairs and compensations from landlords and letting agents as well as major improvements in the law. By building community power and challenging landlords collectively, we not only win for our members but we also fight for a housing and a political system that puts people before profit. We are not affiliated to any political party, but recognise the importance of influencing parties and politicians and holding them to account.

Existing local branches hold regular meetings (see here) and we are looking to set up branches across Scotland. If you’re interested in getting involved, get in touch!

 

  • Upcoming events

    Dundee - Day of Training & Action - Cancelled

    When: Sunday, May 22, 2022 at 11:00 AM
    Where: TBC - In Dundee.

    Unfortunately this training has had to be cancelled for now. We'll be looking to have it in a day in June instead. Please get in touch if you'd like to support in organising this. 

    Join us for a full day of Training on all aspects of Living Rent and becoming a branch.

    Membership in Dundee has been growing and it's now the time to start building towards a Branch Launch! 
    We'll be covering all aspects of whats involved with Living Rent and becoming a strong and structured branch. 

    No matter you experience, how long you've been a member, or which part of Living Rent Unions activities you are interested in, there will be lots to learn for everyone today.

    Full Schedule coming soon!

    Introduction to Living Rent - Highlands & Islands Edition!

    When: Monday, May 23, 2022 at 06:30 PM
    Where: Zoom

    Street by Street, Strath by StrathCome chat about all things Living Rent Highlands & Islands. Meeting open to ALL. On Zoom, Monday the 23rd of May from 6.30-7.30pm.

    Stagnant wages, low wages and no wages, a white-hot housing market, runaway rents, sub-standard housing, sham-holiday lets, too many holiday lets: the economy is clearly not working for ordinary Highlanders and Islanders. But we’ve been here before, and the lesson the history of this land teaches us is that when we organise and act collectively, we can successfully fight to protect our communities. 

    Living Rent is committed to the protection and promotion of the rights of tenants, using a diverse range of tactics, and Living Rent Highlands and Islands is growing stronger.  We are now looking to build upon the hard-won victories and successes of other tenants and communities of Living Rent from across Scotland.

    However, there is still much to be done. Highland and Island communities are fragile and if they are to survive and prosper, then tenants must have safe and affordable places to live and communities must be protected from the consequences of unchecked “investment” from absent landlords and absent owners. If current trends are left unchecked, then our communities will simply become unviable. Apathy must be resisted, and we have neither the time nor the luxury to succumb to it.

    If you want to help build the presence of Scotland’s fastest growing grassroots organisation in the Highlands and Islands, if you are experiencing issues with your landlord, housing association or letting agent, or there’s a there is something affecting your community that you think can be improved, get in touch. Highland and Island tenants are organising, they are on the front foot and they are up an’ at ’em -- will you be joining them?

    Join us on Monday the 23rd of May at 6.30pm on Zoom for a 1 hour Introduction to Living Rent Highlands & Islands. Join other members as we talk you through our story so far, have conversations about the change we need to see, and how we can make that change happen.

    Please also get in touch if you have any access needs we can support you with!

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    Support Our Communities in Sighthill/ Gorgie- Object to Student Developments

    Members in the Gorgie Dalry branch have made a video around the impact of purpose-built student blocks in our local area and to ask council candidates to support our communities. Purpose Built Student Accommodation (PBSA) is taking over Edinburgh. Not only is it unaffordable for the majority of students, but it takes up space we could use for actually affordable housing in our communities. This council election we are asking candidates in Sighthill/Gorgie to pledge to no more PBSA in our communities.
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    Living Rent is recruiting a Communications Officer

    Living Rent is continuing to build membership and power across Scotland. As we grow, we are expanding the staff team, in order to provide greater support for members to win the changes we need.We are recruiting a communications officer to support the organisation's internal and external communications and the training of members to use communications for campaigns and recruitment. This position will join and support a growing team of organisers and member defence coordinators across Scotland.We are very excited to continue growing Living Rent and hope that this job is for YOU!
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