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    Together we can stand up to landlords and win lower rents and secure tenancies

  • Living Rent Tenants' Manifesto 2020/21

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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!

 

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    As restrictions ease across Scotland, Living Rent are deeply concerned about a wave of evictions due to rent arrears built-up during the pandemic. Although the eviction ban was a welcome policy to protect renters, without additional protections for tenants the ban alone is insufficient and as a result renters have still been evicted through-out the pandemic. The Scottish Government must act now to not only rigidly protect renters from eviction, but from the conditions that threaten them with eviction in the first place. 
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    Four years on: justice for Grenfell

    Today marks four years since the country watched in horror as Grenfell Tower burned live on the news. Living Rent  again expresses its full solidarity with the bereaved, survivors and the wider community of Grenfell Tower and their ongoing search for justice.
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  • Upcoming events

    Outreach: Leith

    When: Friday, June 25, 2021 at 01:00 PM
    Where: Out of the Blue Drill Hall; followed by doorknocking in local area


    The union is only as strong as it's members - Join fellow Leith branch members each Friday for outreach training to learn how to recruit your neighbours, spread awareness of local campaigns, and support other branch members through their housing struggles. Join local organiser Sinead each friday from 1-4pm in Out of the Blue Drill Hall for phone banking training followed by door knocking from 5-7pm.

    Political education: Housing and the environment

    When: Saturday, June 26, 2021 at 10:30 AM
    Where: Zoom

    Heating our homes represents 16% of Scotland’s carbon emissions. Across, Scotland many tenants have to choose between food or fuel in the winter. In social and public housing, tenants experience ongoing issues with repairs, leading to persistent mould and damp. These are jut some of the practical ways in which housing quality and climate change intersect.

    Ahead of one of the largest international gatherings to tackle climate change in Glasgow in November, come to this session to learn more about the energy politics of Scottish housing and the opportunities to ask for a transformation of our homes' quality.

    In this session, you'll hear from a representative from Friends of the Earth and from the Existing Homes Alliance to understand how to link up the issues that tenants with fighting climate change and build the visions we need to address the scale of the climate crisis. 

     

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