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  • Join Scotland's Tenants' Union

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

  • Living Rent Tenants' Manifesto 2020/21

    Scotland needs homes. End housing insecurity

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Who are we?

Living Rent is Scotland’s tenants’ union.


We are a democratic organisation run by and for tenants.

  • We want homes for people, not for profit
  • To redress the power imbalance between landlords and tenants
  • Ensure that everyone has decent and affordable housing.
  • We believe in the collective power of tenants to come together to fight for their rights,
  • Use diverse tactics – including direct action when necessary – to achieve this.

We are not affiliated to any political party, but recognise the importance of influencing parties and politicians and holding them to account.

We have regular meetings in Edinburgh, Glasgow and are looking to set up branches accross the country. If you’re interested in getting involved please get in touch!


  • Upcoming events

    Case Lead Training

    When: Friday, November 27, 2020 at 06:00 PM

    The union's member defence teams are coming on leaps and bounds. With new members quick to engage with supporting other members with their housing issues, we need to make sure we're prepared to have our members backs, plan effectively and win improvements to housing in Scotland.

    Join this training on how to be an effective member defence case lead. 

    We will cover: 

    - Making initial contact with the member

    - Assessing the issue

    - Creating a strategy to win!

    All welcome.

    Sign up below for the zoom link.

    Who's attending
    John woods michael drax Jack Hanington Mike Williamson Sally Stimson Sarah Bernstein Tom Robinson Rosie Hampton Emma Donovan

    Story telling

    When: Saturday, November 28, 2020 at 11:00 AM

    When the history of the left can feel like an uphill battle with not enough victories, it’s crucial that we all learn to celebrate successes! 


    And one of the most effective ways to do this is to ‘story-tell’ our victories, showing that we can and do win! 

    Come to this training to practise how to clearly recount victories of your union and hear from various victories across the union! This training aims to provide an introduction to storytelling and to the victories that Living Rent members have achieved just last year, for all members of the union and anyone else interested in seeing how to use storytelling to support their organising.

    In this training, you will

    •   Understand when and why to use storytelling and the basic ‘storytelling’ structure
    •   Practise storytelling based on Living Rent’s member defence, campaigns and branch victories
    •   Hear from different members of the union about the victories that we have bagged this year!

    Come to practie storytelling to celebrate union victories, encourage and empower other members and recognise that whilst the battles are hard, we are also able to win them and need to be good at winning and at celebrating those wins! 

    Come to the meeting a few minutes early, so we can start sharp!

    This training is part of Living Rent’s training program supported by the Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung Foundation, you can see the next training sessions on the website.

    Who's attending
    Lilidh Jack Stuart Ramsey Eben Dombay Williams Ntale Eastmond Georgina Perryman Aimée Corinne Ottroh Sean Desjardins shan stephens
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    Join Living Rent

    Block by block, and street by street we are building Scotland's Tenants' Union.

    But we can't do it without your support.

    People + Organisation = Power

    We believe that every tenant deserves safe, affordable housing – free from unjust rent increases, discrimination, and eviction. The only way for us to make sure this happens, is to get organised.

    We are bringing together people across the country to make sure that: (1) we can hold landlords, housing associations and letting agents to account; (2) we have a strong voice in shaping local and national policy; and (3) we have the power to stand up for our rights. We believe in the power of being a democratic and accountable organisation: this is why we operate on a membership model. 

    With the limited resources we have, our union does a tremendous amount, and it is people like you who make this possible. If you share our values, please join today! This helps us becomes financially sustainable and to be accountable to you.

    The suggested rate is 1 hour of your wages per month, however everyone's circumstances are different so we trust you to pick the right subscription rate for you.

    To change your subscription, or for more information, please contact membership@livingrent.org

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