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

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

 

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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!

 

  • Latest from the blog

    Our win: rent controls and a crackdown on evictions

    On the 20th August, the SNP announced a co-operation deal with the Scottish Greens to form a majority in favour of a second independence referendum. This deal was not confined to the push for Scottish independence and included many other policies that the newly formed government agreed to implement. For us, the co-operation agreement that the new government put forward included huge wins for tenants, the biggest among them: rent controls.
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    Holmlea Primary School: Fuel Poverty Negotiations Update

    On August 19th a negotiating team of our members, tenants of Newcastle based social landlord Home Group, living at the former Holmlea Primary School in Cathcart met with Home Group Director Sandra Brydon and CCG Scotland (construction company) Managing Director David Wylie to seek a constructive way forward regarding the dire situation of fuel poverty they have been left in due to the extortionately expensive heating systems installed in their homes. Members were glad that the directors showed reciprocal desire to negotiate in good faith, and all present came to several important mutual agreements. You can bring yourself update to on the campaign so far and read full details of the agreements reached here.
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  • Upcoming events

    Govanhill Branch Meeting

    When: Thursday, September 16, 2021 at 06:00 PM
    Where: Queens Park Bandstand (subject to change)

    The monthly branch meeting for the Govanhill branch is happening on September 16th, 6pm. For more details, to contribute to the branch agenda, or to find out more in advance of current local campaigns in the branch, contact the local organiser George at george.lavery@livingrent.org

    Ahead of the upcoming Annual General Meeting, all Govanhill members will get together on Thursday 9th September, 6pm (on zoom) to discuss motions and endorse candidates to the National Committee. 

     

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    Dennistoun COP26 Cleansing Strategy Meeting

    When: Thursday, September 16, 2021 at 06:00 PM

    With COP26 approaching, Living Rent branches in Glasgow are pushing for a green, clean city, not just around the SSE Hydro but in working class communities. Cuts to cleansing and council jobs have left the city in a state. Thursday 16th Sept, 6-8pm, Dennistoun and east end members are invited to plan for the citywide campaign at the local level.

    We will...

    - Map local allies and targets on the cleansing issue

    - Decide on a local demand for the citywide campaign.

    This meeting will be held on Zoom. If you need support downloading or using Zoom, please get in touch beforehand.

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