Frustrated with rising rents and poor quality housing in Leith?
Housing is a fundamental human right, but for years housing across Scotland has become increasingly inaccessible, poor quality, and expensive. Leith is yet another area in Edinburgh where, year-on-year, this is becoming more extreme: we see luxury housing development after luxury development arriving in our community, public services under pressure and ongoing rising rents.
We believe that, through collective action, we as community members can redress the imbalance of power that’s resulted in an unjust and broken housing system. It’s time to make our housing system work for everyone in Leith. We founded our branch in November 2020, establishing ourselves as a mix of private, council, social tenants, shared-owners and homeowners.
We want to see a just housing system that works for us all - where our right to housing is strengthened and upheld, and where tenants are protected against injustices. We’ll do this by running local campaigns on key issues for residents in the area, and through defending local tenants when they have problems with their landlords.
Current work include:
Pushing for a city-wide Rent Emergency Motion getting Edinburgh Council to demand greater powers from the Scottish Government to tackle rising rents.
- Building a tenant network across Leith to defend members' housing rights
- Ensuring that our voices are heard prior to the 2021 Holyrood elections
Branch meetings: Due to lockdown restrictions, we currently meet on the first monday of the month at 7pm, online via zoom.
Contact: email: [email protected]
Organiser contact: Elle Glenny is the local organiser for Leith and surrounding and is the staff support for members locally.
You can contact them at [email protected] or on 07783888390