Here are our upcoming events
- Sunday, May 22, 2022 at 11:00 AM
- TBC - In Dundee.
Unfortunately this training has had to be cancelled for now. We'll be looking to have it in a day in June instead. Please get in touch if you'd like to support in organising this.
Join us for a full day of Training on all aspects of Living Rent and becoming a branch.
Membership in Dundee has been growing and it's now the time to start building towards a Branch Launch!
We'll be covering all aspects of whats involved with Living Rent and becoming a strong and structured branch.
No matter you experience, how long you've been a member, or which part of Living Rent Unions activities you are interested in, there will be lots to learn for everyone today.
Full Schedule coming soon!
- Monday, May 23, 2022 at 06:30 PM
- 4 people are going
Street by Street, Strath by Strath. Come chat about all things Living Rent Highlands & Islands. Meeting open to ALL. On Zoom, Monday the 23rd of May from 6.30-7.30pm.
Stagnant wages, low wages and no wages, a white-hot housing market, runaway rents, sub-standard housing, sham-holiday lets, too many holiday lets: the economy is clearly not working for ordinary Highlanders and Islanders. But we’ve been here before, and the lesson the history of this land teaches us is that when we organise and act collectively, we can successfully fight to protect our communities.
Living Rent is committed to the protection and promotion of the rights of tenants, using a diverse range of tactics, and Living Rent Highlands and Islands is growing stronger. We are now looking to build upon the hard-won victories and successes of other tenants and communities of Living Rent from across Scotland.
However, there is still much to be done. Highland and Island communities are fragile and if they are to survive and prosper, then tenants must have safe and affordable places to live and communities must be protected from the consequences of unchecked “investment” from absent landlords and absent owners. If current trends are left unchecked, then our communities will simply become unviable. Apathy must be resisted, and we have neither the time nor the luxury to succumb to it.
If you want to help build the presence of Scotland’s fastest growing grassroots organisation in the Highlands and Islands, if you are experiencing issues with your landlord, housing association or letting agent, or there’s a there is something affecting your community that you think can be improved, get in touch. Highland and Island tenants are organising, they are on the front foot and they are up an’ at ’em -- will you be joining them?
Join us on Monday the 23rd of May at 6.30pm on Zoom for a 1 hour Introduction to Living Rent Highlands & Islands. Join other members as we talk you through our story so far, have conversations about the change we need to see, and how we can make that change happen.
Please also get in touch if you have any access needs we can support you with!
- Thursday, May 26, 2022 at 11:30 AM
- Fidra Court Community Kitchen in Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Muirhouse branch members will be meeting to discuss longstanding repairs in their own homes, formulate a plan to work together to take these issues to the council and speak to other tenants who are experiencing the same issues. Come along and share your issues and meet your neighbours who are determined to fight against the poor treatment that so many local people face when trying to get repairs done in their homes!
Member by member, block by block, street by street, Living Rent is growing stronger.
If you have recently joined, looking to get more involved or want to understand the union's history, vision and structure better come along to this training!
This session covers:an introduction to Living Rent, the structure: branches, teams and role, information around getting involved and next stepsSign up below to receive the zoom link (check you spam!)We’ll start at 6.30pm sharp so come 5 minutes early and invite a friend/neighbour to come along :)Get to grips with the vision of Living Rent and be part of building one of the most exciting grassroots unions in Scotland.
- Thursday, June 02, 2022 at 06:00 PM
- Pilrig St Paul's Church Hall, 1B Pilrig St, Edinburgh EH6 5AH
- 16 people are going
Our AGM is fast approaching, which is where we will be choosing a campaign to launch our Branch with, electing a Branch Committee, and celebrating theincredible successes of the past year!
The campaigns we're choosing between are:
- Streetlamps in Leith Links
- Short term holiday lets
- Refuse collection
and the roles we will be electing are
- Membership Officer
- Outreach Officer
- Member Defence Officer
- Comms officer
- Campaigns Officer
It's shaping up to be a really interesting and inspiring night, to which all are welcome, even if you've never been to a Living Rent Branch meeting before. See you there!
- Saturday, June 04, 2022 at 10:00 AM
- 525 Ferry Road, Edinburgh Office
- 3 people are going
Day long in person training day on Living Rent Member Defence.
Goals: build an understanding of member defence principles and aims; build and understanding of the process; build confidence in taking on member defence such as: defining demands, direct action and negotiation.
This training is for all members in Edinburgh and surrounding. This training goal is to get you involved in the union, so commitment to being active in the near future is important.
This is day long training from 10am - 4pm, with an hour long lunch break where lunch will be provided. Attendees must arrive 10mins early to make sure we can start on time.
Any questions email [email protected]
- Tuesday, June 07, 2022 at 06:30 PM
- 5 people are going
Join fellow Living Rent members to celebrate the branch’s achievements over the last year, plan future campaigns and elect your branch committee officers on Tuesday 7th June, 6.30-8.30pm.
Since the launch of the Shawlands/Langside branch in June 2021, members have been campaigning and taken action to stop the regeneration of the Shawlands Arcade which represents one of the biggest changes to the area in recent years.
Members are clear: in the midst of a rent crisis, the idea to develop 600 one and two bed apartments in a bid to extract high rents to maximise profits for investors, is an insult to our community. Shawlands needs more family orientated and social housing, not more luxury apartments.
Alongside numerous member defence work and continuous outreach, this year has seen impressive growth and victories, building from strength to strength!
So come, bring a friend and celebrate your branch’s achievements and set it up for the next year!
Food will be provided and children are welcome.
- Wednesday, June 08, 2022 at 06:30 PM
Monthly Members meeting for all folks based around the Highlands & Islands. Wednesday the 8th of June at 6.30pm on Zoom.
Membership across the Highlands & Islands has been growing since some people started getting active last summer. Over the last year members have did street stalls from Inverness to Orkney, met with various local politicians, submitted responses into consultations, organised a direct action with a member who had been badly treated by their landlord, got over 500 signatures on an open letter calling for more to be done on the control of Short-Term Lets and have just finished up the work of getting Pledges from council candidates across the Highland area, demanding that if communities want a Short-Term Let Control Area's in their area - then councillors should ask them and respect what they have to say!
This summer we are going to focus on building a strong branch. And if you've ever been keen to get involved, have issues in your own housing, or see things in your community that you would like changed, then this is the meeting for you!
We'll be talking about issues affecting people in their local area's, next steps for controls on Short-Term Lets, and looking towards launching a Branch later this year, and how we can build for that.
Get in touch if you have any points you would like to add to the agenda, if you'd like to have a chat on the phone about anything before coming to the meeting, or if you have any access needs that you'd like us to support you with.
Looking forward to seeing many of you there!
- Thursday, June 09, 2022 at 06:00 PM
The local monthly branch meeting in Gorgie Dalry, everyone who lives locally welcome to join!
This meeting will be preparing for the local AGM on July 7th 6pm We will be looking at local issues we would like to invite and working out how to make them something we make happen, so we can make real change here and nationally. It would be great to hear people's ideas on community issues, housing issues or city wide issues so we can evaluate how to work on them! Full agenda to be posted soon.
This meeting will be in person, location tbc. Come 5 mins early so we can start on time.
- Thursday, June 09, 2022 at 06:30 PM
- Queen's Park Govanhill Church of Scotland
- 2 people are going
Join Living Rent Govanhill's AGM on Thursday 9th June, 6.30-8.30pm at the Queen's Park Govanhill Church of Scotland to celebrate the branch's achivements and victories, plan future campaigns and elect your branch committee officers!
Over the past year, members have been campaigning to demand more investment into cleansing services to tackle Glasgow's waste crisis as well as the re-introduction of back court teams in Govanhill. Through organising alongside the GMB, they won £2 million investment for the city and have recently got all elected local councillors to pledge to bring back the back court teams!
At the same time, through Member Defence work, the branch has resisted a number of evictions, stopped landlords' harrassment and secured repairs for our members.
This year has seen impressive growth and victories, building from strength to strength!
Whether you're a private tenant, social tenant or homeowner, whether you've stayed in Govanhill for decades or you've just moved here, it's up to all of us to fight for everything our area needs. When we come together to tackle the issues we share, we're so much stronger for it.
So come and celebrate your branch’s achievements and have your say!