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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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  • Upcoming events

    Storytelling Training

    When: Saturday, July 11, 2020 at 11:00 AM

    Tell stories from across the union in an effective way in conversations on doors, stalls, phone and with neighbours and friends.

    The aim of this training is to confidently build storytelling into all organising conversations as well as pulling knowledge, stories and successes from across the membership to take with us.

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    AGM 2020

    When: Saturday, July 18, 2020 at 02:00 PM
    Where: Zoom Meeting in Edinburgh, United Kingdom

    We are living through an unprecedented time and our union is growing faster than ever as more people in Scotland want to build a better housing future. As always, Living Rent is a union by and for its members and every single person is important in deciding and bringing our values and vision to life. This work happens every day in our local branches when we build power from the ground up, but it also happens in our most important decision making body - the Annual General Meeting! 

    You, and all Living Rent members and supporters are invited to the AGM:  whether you have just joined or have been a long standing member, come along to have your say, understand your union and meet fellow members. You will also be able to:

    • Hear back from the National Committee (NC) around Living Rent’s annual achievements (including membership growth & financial account) 
    • Elect the National Committee (the governing body of the organisation)
    • Discuss and vote on motions

    The agenda, biographies for the NC candidates and details around the voting procedure will be circulated closer to the date. In order to facilitate registration and voting, we ask that members of the same household register separately and ideally attend the meeting on separate devices. Come along to learn more about your union, celebrate our successes, discuss the upcoming year with fellow members, and get to know the next National Committee!

    If you wish to stand for election or want your branch to submit a motion, please get in touch.

    Please bear in mind that this meeting is only open to current members and supporters of Living Rent. If you are unable to attend, or wonder whether this meeting is for you, please get in touch with our national organiser Emma.

    We look forward to seeing you there!

    Who's attending
    Joey Simons Ruth Gilbert Leo Plumb Lara Gray David McGowran Liam McCusker Emma Saunders Blair Rankine Rebecca Martin Molly Little Stella Rooney Lauren Pyott Martha Brownill Molly Shelton Emily Beth Donnelly Cat Telford Shaun Cassidy Sinead McNulty Claire Thomson Lucy Hall Elle Glenny Chloe Bramwell Scott Macdonald Muireann Crowley Rachel Hamilton Matthew Waddell William Duncan Thomas Queen Meg Bishop Saerlaith McQuaid-O'Dwyer Diarmaid Kelliher Adam Dransfield Gordon Keenan Maddy Kirkman Fiona Halliday Gillian Foy Zoe Sanderson Rosie Hampton Thierry Besnier Catriona MacFarlane Hannah Hughes John Hamelink Franziska Paul Alexander Lawrie Geraldine Heaney Jamie Madden Jenni Gunn pat mulholland
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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.

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

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