James Roberts published GHA: What's Going On With Our Windows? in Castlemilk 2021-01-29 14:05:42 +0000
We are tenants and owner-occupiers with homes in the GHA flats at Dougrie Place, Castlemilk. The windows in our blocks do not close and seal, meaning our homes are cold, damp, mouldy, and not fit for purpose. GHA started the installation of new windows before the pandemic, but their story on when the project will be finished changes week by week. So, we have put a Freedom of Information request in, asking for GHA to make themselves accountable and supply the full details of the project, and tell us when we can expect to have dry, warm, mould-free homes again.
But this won't be enough to move GHA, we need to build collective power to secure these improvements. So, if you, your friends or family also live in the Dougrie Place flats, or if you are a GHA tenant elsewhere in Castlemilk and have similar problems, please sign-up below and either one of the Dougrie Place team, or a union organiser will be in touch.
Knightswood Living Rent began life in August 2020, and we have been steadily growing in all parts of the G13 area since then. Most of our members at the moment are social tenants but we also have private tenant members, and we welcome anyone from either sector, as well as owner-occupiers!
In October 2020 we launched the 'Sort Our Minging Water Tanks' campaign. In the face of difficulties posed by the pandemic we got creative with how we reached out to tenants. By the end of November we had gathered 101 tenants names on a collective letter to Environmental Health demanding an inspection of the filthy water tanks in our homes, and that ignored repairs are addressed by GHA. And then we took ACTION! by plastering the local GHA office with pictures of the awful conditions GHA have let our homes in the Lincoln and Kirkton flats slip into. This got us a negotiation with GHA and local elected representatives, where we won a commitment to investigate the required repairs in the homes of all 101 tenants who signed the letter.
And since forming as a group, we have won two member defence cases, one over rent harassment, and one over repairs.
We can't wait to get stuck into 2021, and already busy campaigning for NO RENT RISE in GHA's 2021 rent consultation!
Our branch meetings are currently held in the first week of every month, and if you're a social or private tenants, or owner-occupier in G13, we want to hear from you!!
You can get in touch with us via our Neighbourhood Organiser, James, on 07873233134, [email protected] or via his facebook profile.
Join the branch today, and help us build Full Neighbourhood Power in Knightswood in 2021!
Living Rent members are working tirelessly to stop Covid-19 evictions. The Coronavirus Act 2020 'eviction ban' has not stopped landlords from pursuing court orders nor has it prevented sheriff officers from carrying out those court orders. Everyday, tenants in Scotland are still evicted legally and illegally.
When evictions are set to go ahead, we need well-organised community support, on the ground and at the door, to make the sheriff officers turn around.
To support your neighbours and enforce an effective, Living Rent eviction ban, sign up below.
On Wednesday 2nd December, our member Lors and her family who have multiple needs are due to be evicted. If you live in West Lothian, or you know someone who does, get them to sign up.Sign up