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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

  • Part of ACORN International

    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

    Aberdeen Meeting - January 2022!!

    When: Friday, January 14, 2022 at 06:30 PM
    Where: Zoom

    Living Rent Aberdeen gave itself a reboot towards the end of 2021. Dedicated members are ready to start 2022 fighting strong for fairer, safer and affordable housing in Aberdeen.

    There are so many ways in which you can get involved with your local tenants union and coming to this meeting is the perfect chance to find out how that can work best for you. 

    Join other members in the city on Friday the 14th of January at 6.30pm. Due to the current covid situation we will be meeting online using zoom.


    We'll be discussing:
     - What being a part of a tenants union means in Aberdeen

     - How we can use the organising principles of being part of a union to grow the power of tenants and residents across the city

     - What are the different issues affecting different communities across the city

    If you have any points you would like added to the Agenda or if you have any access needs relating to joining us on zoom please write your local organiser at [email protected]

    See you there!

    Castlemilk Member Defence Training

    When: Sunday, January 23, 2022 at 12:00 PM
    Where: The Jenniburn Centre in Castlemilk, Glasgow, United Kingdom



    The last two years have seen lots of Housing Associations fall behind on urgent repairs and maintenance, or worse - use the pandemic to introduce unjust fees and charges at a time when it has been difficult for their tenants to challenge them. The only way to turn this around is for to tenants to get organised and push back! 

    So if you're a Castlemilk tenant, or factored owner, who is suffering with a housing issue (or, if you know issues exist in your block or on your street) and want to learn how to challenge the housing and win The Jenniburn Centre on January 23rd is the place to be! 

    With you fellow union members by your side, you will learn how to: 

    - Write a formal letter of complaint and plan a member defence strategy 

    - Plan and carry out direct action 

    - Negotiate with the housing and win on your issue


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