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Housing is a human right. Join the fight for decent, affordable and secure housing for all

 

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Living Rent is a mass-membership organisation of low- and middle-income renters, fighting together to win concrete improvements to our daily lives and to put political and economic power back where it belongs – in the hands of ordinary people. In short, we are a union.

We believe in the collective power of people to come together to fight for their rights and to ensure that everyone has decent and affordable housing. In any town or city, we build the union from scratch, by people working, taking action, and winning together.

We’ve stopped evictions, won tens of thousands of pounds worth in repairs and compensations from landlords and letting agents as well as major improvements in the law. By building community power and challenging landlords collectively, we not only win for our members but we also fight for a housing and a political system that puts people before profit. We are not affiliated to any political party, but recognise the importance of influencing parties and politicians and holding them to account.

Existing local branches hold regular meetings (see here) and we are looking to set up branches across Scotland. If you’re interested in getting involved, get in touch!

 

  • Latest from the blog

    Old Tynecastle High School: Gorgie Deserves Better.

    Why members of Living Rent Gorgie/Dalry are objecting the development of Tynecastle High School by property developers. The Old Tynecastle High School is a B-listed conservation building on Macleod Street in Gorgie. It served as the high school from 1912 until 2009 when the school relocated to a new building across the road. It has been unoccupied since 2009 and, therefore, has fallen into some disrepair. Nevertheless, it remains a handsome building with a lot of character. Long-term residents in Gorgie remember when the school was open and active, a hub for evening and after-school activities. It is located between the North British Distillery on the west, the Hearts Stadium to the south, the West Approach Road on the north, and the new Tynecastle High School and Love Gorgie Farm to the south-east. It could not be more at the heart of the Gorgie community.  (Photo Left: person dressed up as a cow saying 'Students aren't cash Cows' and person right dressed up as a property developer holding fake money) (Image right: lots of people gathered on front of the Old Tynecastle High School holding signs saying 'Love Students, Hate PBSA' 'students deserve better' 'more social housing') 
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    Living Rent is recruiting two organisers and one member defence coordinator

    Living Rent is continuing to build membership and power across Scotland. As we grow, we need to expand the staff team, in order to provide greater support for members, outreach, training and campaign wins!This next recruitment round will support membership and branch growth in Edinburgh and Glasgow, but also expand the team to support members in North Lanarkshire (Motherwell and Wishaw) to build their branch. If you would like to be a part of the team, consider applying for one of the roles as they appear advertised below.We are very excited to continue growing our organisation and one of these jobs is for YOU!
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  • Upcoming events

    Govanhill October Branch Meeting

    When: Thursday, October 21, 2021 at 06:00 PM
    Where: The Deep End - 21 Nithsdale St, Glasgow G41 2PZ

    This month's Govanhill Branch meeting is on Thursday 21st October at 6pm at the The Deep End - 21 Nithsdale St, Glasgow G41 2PZ

    At the meeting, members will finalise the preparation for the action demanding more investment in cleansing on Saturday 23rd October. 

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    Glasgow’s Waste Crisis - Public Rally

    When: Saturday, October 23, 2021 at 01:00 PM
    Where: Glasgow City Chambers in Glasgow, United Kingdom

    Glasgow's cleansing services are severely underfunded and every passing year brings new cuts. Overflowing bins, rampant fly tipping and a booming rat population are now common sights across our city. Residents and cleansing workers alike face unsanitary and even hazardous conditions in their streets and backcourts. When pressed for answers on the city's waste crisis, council leader Susan Aitken recently responded that Glasgow merely has "problematic patches" which need a "spruce up" in advance of COP26.

    Living Rent members in Govanhill, Govan, Partick and Dennistoun are uniting with the city's cleansing workers to say ENOUGH is ENOUGH. No more quick fixes. No more half measures. The city needs investment. As COP26 is set to put a global spotlight on Glasgow this November, residents and council workers will be taking action to hold Susan Aitken's administration to account.

    On Saturday 23rd October residents and cleansing workers will collect rubbish from different streets and backcourts in Govanhill, Govan, Partick and Dennistoun. Those action teams will descend on Glasgow City Chambers for a city-wide rally (1pm) demanding investment, bringing with them the rubbish they collect as evidence of the council's neglect.

    If you want to take part in the action locally in:

    Dennistoun, contact Jack - [email protected]

    Govan or Govanhill, contact George - [email protected]

    Partick, contact Nick - [email protected]

    **Meeting points and routes will be communicated closer to the date.**

    ** If you live elsewhere, join the city-wide rally at 1pm!**

    ** RSVP for this event so we can keep in touch and have an idea of numbers on the day **

    If you have any questions or want to help mobilise for this day of action, get in touch with Sonja, [email protected]

     

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