about us

Who We Are

Living Rent is Scotland’s tenants’ union. We are a democratic organisation run by and for our members. We organise and represent our members in the private and social rented sector. We fight for safe, secure and affordable housing for everyone. We are not affiliated to any political party.

Living Rent is a fully mutual Company Limited by Guarantee 
Our company number is: SC505467 (link to Companies House)
Our Registered Office is: 617, 12 South Bridge, Edinburgh, EH1 1DD
Here is a copy of our Articles of Association

What We Do

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

In any town or city, we build the union from scratch, by people working, taking action, campaigning and winning together. We’ve stopped evictions, won tens of thousands in repairs and compensations from landlords and letting agents as well as major improvements in the law. By building tenant 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.

Our structure

We are organised from the bottom up. We build groups - usually in a particular neighbourhood - to let people take action quickly on local issues. These groups have an elected leadership and are accountable to local members but also to the wider vision of the union. When there are enough local groups in a town or regions, they can form a city/regional branch to coordinate campaigns and action between the local groups. 

Branches work together on national campaigns. The national strategy and direction is set by our National Committee (NC), which is composed of tenants elected by the AGM as well as co-opted members without a voting power. The NC meets monthly with the senior staff member to review our activities.

We have active branches across the Country. Branches are divided into different teams: member defence, campaigns, outreach, events, communication. This allows us to operate in a coordinated fashion but also enables each team to have quite a lot of autonomy. 

You can see a description of each teams and their roles here You can check out the events near you and get in touch if you want to build you own branch.

How We Are Funded

As a union, we function through a dues model: our members support us and this means that we are accountable to and put tenants’ interests first.

We feel very strongly about being democratic and member run, and so your member subscriptions keeps us working for you, our members. You can join here.

Trade unions have also supported our work by affiliating to Living Rent. We are grateful for such support and if you want to ask your union to affiliate, contact us

We also seek external funding to support our activities and enable the growth of the union.

So far we have received funding from:

  • Nationwide Foundation
  • Open Society Foundation
  • Foundation Scotland
  • People’s Health Trust
  • Big Lottery

National Committee

This will be updated shortly, with the current membership of our National Committee.

Staff

We currently have a small number of both staff who work alongside elected leaders within Living Rent to help ensure that the union continues to grow while running smoothly and efficiently.

Emma Saunders - National Organiser

Jon Black - Operations Manager

George Lavery - Glasgow Organiser

Sinéad McNulty - Edinburgh Organiser

Jack Hanington - Member Defence Coordinator

Nick Durie - Glasgow Organiser

Sonja Coquelin - Glasgow Organiser

James Roberts - Glasgow Organiser 

Elle Glenny - Edinburgh Organiser