• 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!

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    Living Rent Tenants' Manifesto 2020/21

    Scotland needs homes. End housing insecurity. Scotland has a shortage of homes. With social housing sold off to buy to let landlords, vast swathes of it destroyed over the past few decades and with the rest hidden behind unaccountable housing associations, our homes have become a precarious and uncertain environment.
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    Knightswood/Anniesland Members are Getting Organised!

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  • Upcoming events

    Introduction to Living Rent - Glasgow

    When: Saturday, October 17, 2020 at 01:00 PM

    Member by member Living Rent is growing stronger. If you have recently joined, looking to get more involved or want to understand the union's history, vision and structure better, come along to this member induction!

    The induction covers:
    - An introduction to Living Rent
    - The structure: branches, teams and roles
    - Getting involved and next steps

    We’ll start at 1pm sharp so come 5 minutes early :)

    Get to grips with the vision of Living Rent and be part of building one of the most exciting grassroots unions in Scotland.

    *All Glasgow-based members and supporters welcome*

    Here's the zoom link: https://zoom.us/j/91923905123


    Who's attending
    Natalie Sinclair Jenni Tyyska Katie Malone Helen Richardson Theo Habbick Elsie Greenwood Isabel Dickens Lewis Kinnet Ardis Onnerfors Hayley Gardiner Varun Tandon

    Organising & Facilitating a Successful Meeting - Edinburgh

    When: Saturday, October 17, 2020 at 01:00 PM
    Where: online zoom

    Been asked to chair a meeting or write an agenda and not sure how to do that?

    Come to this 1.5h training to learn together how to prepare for meetings, plan meeting content and select amongst various facilitation tools to best facilitate discussions, brainstorming and decision making, for you to feel confident in taking up chair and facilitator roles in meetings. You can have meetings that are focused, well prepared, fun and plan for action so you can grow your branches!

    In this training, you will learn how to 

    • Prepare for a meeting 
    • Create goals for meetings 
    • Facilitate participants getting to know each other, brainstorming together and making decisions
    • Keep participants goal focussed and aware of time

    This training will be great for current/ future chairs or secretaries of Living Rent to hone their skills, as well as to all members, rookies or not, interested in building your skills.

    Come to the meeting 5 minutes early, so we can start sharp!

    Join Zoom Meeting:
    Meeting ID: 921 4659 3871
    Facebook event 

    Any questions contact: sinead.mcnulty@livingrent.org or elle.glenny@livingrent.org
    This training is part of Living Rent’s training program supported by the Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung Foundation, you can see the next training sessions here.
    Who's attending
    Avril Cuthbert Oliver Goulden Eben Dombay Williams Jen Ferguson Maisie Le Marechal Maggie Pollok Jo Richardson
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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