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  • published Edinburgh Rent Emergency Motion in Campaigns 2021-03-09 16:19:51 +0000

    Edinburgh Rent Emergency Motion

    This is a rent emergency. 

    Tenants can no longer live at the mercy of landlords who do not have their best interests at heart.

    We call on you to join the fight for rent controls, the fight for controls for short term lets, the fight for the building of public housing on vacant land, the fight for tenants rights.  

    The pandemic has exacerbated the fault lines that already existed within our housing system.

    This is a rent emergency. 

    Sign our petition and get involved here.

    Rents in Lothian have increased by 45.9% since 2010 whilst wages have stagnated or fallen in real terms. As over a quarter of the city’s residents are tenants, this has resulted in a widespread precarious and uncertain living environment. It is clear we need action now. 

    Sky-high rent has become impossible for many to afford. This has led the number of tenants living in poverty within the city to increase threefold over the last decade. According to the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, 22% of private rented sector tenants are in extreme fuel poverty and one in three of the city’s households living in poverty mentioned high housing costs as the main pressure on their income, compared with one in eight households in poverty across Scotland. Furthermore, homelessness applications to local authorities are increasing across Scotland, rising by 4% between 2019 and 2020. 

    It is clear that Edinburgh council needs to take action now. 

    The situation has been exacerbated by the repeated lockdowns that have been put in place during the COVID-19 pandemic. This has acted as a stress test, revealing and amplifying existing problems. Combined with the impending wave of evictions, the scale of the crisis for renters in Edinburgh constitutes nothing less than a rent emergency.

    Edinburgh Council has failed the city’s tenants. It is time it stepped up.

    We are calling on the Council to commit to championing tenants right and declare a rent emergency.

    79 signatures

    Get involved with the campaign here! or add your signature below.

     

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  • published Muirhouse News - 6 Blocks Issue 5 in News and Events 2021-03-01 12:16:26 +0000

    Muirhouse News - 6 Blocks Issue 5

    Living Rent Union members in the Muirhouse branch have published their 5th issue of 'The Six Blocks' documenting their struggles, concerns, and successes in their ongoing fight against Edinburgh Council for better public housing conditions. Access the fourth issue of this newsletter here.

     


  • Launch of 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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  • published Tenants' Manifesto 2020/21 in Campaigns 2020-10-20 14:59:57 +0100

    Tenants' Manifesto 2020/21

    Scotland needs homes. End housing insecurity.

    Scotland has a shortage of genuinely affordable homes. With social housing sold off to buy to let landlords, vast swathes of it destroyed over the past decades and the remaining stock hidden behind unaccountable housing associations, our homes have become a precarious and uncertain environment.

    Rent has continued to skyrocket in the social and private sector whilst wages have stagnated or fallen in real terms. This has forced many tenants into further housing insecurity. An insecure, unsafe, unaccountable housing system destroys what should be safe, secure, stable homes.

    We call on you to join the fight to  end housing insecurity?

    Our manifesto calls for
    1. Undoing the damage of Thatcher’s right-to-buy by taking old right-to-buy properties back into public control
    2. Prioritising
    green, public and social housing in new developments, and at vacant land site, over massive, luxry for-profit projects.
    3. Democratising housing associations and stopping them from railroading rent rises
    4. Forcing landlords to improve the quality of Scotland’s housing, including through rent controls, refurbishment and high-quality repair
    5. Bringing rents down to genuinely affordable levels - including through the reintroduction of rent controls


    Scotland needs a major shift in its housing. Our manifesto for the Scottish elections in 2021 sets out how.

    The pandemic has not brought new issues to the front but has rather acted as a stress test, revealing pre-existing fractures.
    From putting their lives at risk as essential workers to facing financial collapse, working-class people are set to absorb the impact of economic disaster for the second time in a generation. The Holyrood elections in 2021 are a vital opportunity to rebuild for Scotland a fair, just, affordable housing system for all tenants.
    Read our full manifesto: Living_Rent_Tenants'_Manifesto_2020_21.pdf

    Listen to our member Gordon about why we need a change now:


  • published Muirhouse News - 6 Blocks Issue 4 in News and Events 2020-09-24 17:31:38 +0100

    Muirhouse News - 6 Blocks Issue 4

    Living Rent Union members in the Muirhouse branch have published their 4th issue of 'The Six Blocks' documenting their struggles, concerns, and successes in their ongoing fight against Edinburgh Council for better public housing conditions. Access the fourth issue of this newsletter here.

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  • National day of action to protest re-opening of housing tribunal

    Living Rent issue landlords and courts ‘notice’ that tenants will fight evictions

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  • donated 2021-04-30 12:59:33 +0100