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    Together we can stand up for our communities!

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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!

 

  • Upcoming events

    Aberdeen October Meeting

    When: Tuesday, October 04, 2022 at 06:30 PM
    Where: ZOOM or Hybrid. TBC

    Aberdeen Living Rent is going from Strength to Strength. This will be the first meeting ran completely by and for members now that we have a superb wee organising team in place!

    At the September meeting members elected an Organising Team to steer us through the next few months and also chose to focus on Member Defence in this time. 

    As a community-based union run by and for our members, member defence is how we protect ourselves against unaffordable and unfair housing conditions in Dundee and across Scotland. Since Living Rent’s conception, we have successfully organised member defence activities for hundreds of members in private, public and social housing.

    In Aberdeen we already have some great Wins to build on. Earlier this year, we successfully resisted the eviction of one of our members who had accrued arrears in their council house during covid lockdown. We've also fought for the rightful return of deposits. So we'll be looking at potential cases to take on now.

    We'll also make time in this meeting to talk a bit more about National Campaigns - and looking at the emergency Rent Freeze and Eviction Moratorium that we recently won in more detail. 

    So come along!! No experience necessary. Together we support each other in developing our knowledge and skills and use the expertise we have as renters to guide us. 

    If you are having your own housing issues, or you want to add a point to the agenda, or need some support with the accessibility of the meeting - get in touch with the local organiser, Kerri.





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    Leith October Branch Meeting

    When: Thursday, October 06, 2022 at 06:00 PM
    Where: Argonaut Books in Edinburgh, United Kingdom

    Leith's October branch meeting will be an amazing chance to meet your neighbours, and build community power in the neighbourhood. It'll be held at Argonaut Books, from 6 - 7.30pm. The venue is accessible and child friendly.

    See you there!

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