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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!

  • Latest from the blog

    Negotiating Rent with your Union by your Side

    Maria and Martha, two Member Defence Representatives, report back from their work fighting for rent reductions and suspensions during the Covid-19 outbreak.
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    Edinburgh City Council Flout Fire Safety In Muirhouse High Rise

    City of Edinburgh council are putting their tenants’ lives at risk by failing to repair defective fire doors in the Oxcars Court Council high-rise in Muirhouse. The Fire Brigade have stated they are sending officers to investigate.  
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  • Upcoming events

    Gorgie Dalry Branch meeting 28 05 2020

    When: Thursday, May 28, 2020 at 06:00 PM
    Where: Zoom meeting in Edinburgh, United Kingdom

    Gorgie Dalry branch meeting

    Negotiate with your union by your side 29 05 2020

    When: Friday, May 29, 2020 at 06:00 PM
    Where: Zoom Meeting in Glasgow, United Kingdom

    During this public health crisis, tenants need rent reductions and rent holidays, just like landlords have been awarded mortgage holidays and interest-free loans.

    Government and third-sector advice on paying rent during Corona time is to simply ‘negotiate with your landlord’. Living Rent says:
    The only way to negotiate with your landlord is with your union by your side.

    Join the Living Rent Member Defence Coordinator and members for a session on how to effectively support our members and tenants in negotiating rent suspensions and holidays during Corona time. Please join especially if you are interested in getting involved with a Living Rent Member Defence team.

    We will be going through...
    - Why we should negotiate with our union by our side
    - Top tips from members in successful and ongoing negotiations
    - How to respond to landlord's deviating tactics
    - How this fits into the vision for tenant power going forwards

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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.

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