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Petition target smashed for Edinburgh’s homes not holiday lets campaign!

In Edinburgh, members smashed their petition target of 1,700 signatures to put pressure on Edinburgh City council to not only cap short term let numbers but also to bring the numbers down. Continue reading

Castlemilk group win their demands against Home Group!

Castlemilk members had a huge win of an: Area wide 75% service charge rebate over two years negotiated by members Replacement and repair of rotten fencing underway Dispute over Land Ownership and Fly-tipping progressed Continue reading

Castlemilk group secure funding for park and woodland street lights!

In the run up to the 2022 Local Election, our Castlemilk members ran a campaign demanding that all the lights on key routes in the park and woodlands be fixed as a priority. Continue reading

Living Rent is recruiting a campaign officer and an organiser in Edinburgh

Living Rent is continuing to build membership and power across Scotland. And just now, we are recruiting a campaign officer and an Edinburgh-based organiser to support members to build power and win locally and nationally! This position will join and support a team of organisers across Scotland.We are very excited to continue growing Living Rent and hope that this job is for YOU! Continue reading

Report your rent hike!

As our bills climb beyond what many of us can afford. Landlords are raising rents, greedily profiting off our basic need for a roof over our heads.  All across Scotland, landlords are hiking up rents. A report by Citylets found that rents across Scotland rose by 8.5% in the last year to average £896 a month; whilst in Edinburgh rents rose by 14.2% to average £1214 and in Glasgow rents rose by 16% to average £972 per month. Continue reading

Support Our Communities in Sighthill/ Gorgie- Object to Student Developments

Members in the Gorgie Dalry branch have made a video around the impact of purpose-built student blocks in our local area and to ask council candidates to support our communities. Purpose Built Student Accommodation (PBSA) is taking over Edinburgh. Not only is it unaffordable for the majority of students, but it takes up space we could use for actually affordable housing in our communities. This council election we are asking candidates in Sighthill/Gorgie to pledge to no more PBSA in our communities. Continue reading

Shawlands Arcade Development: whose interests does it serve?

The proposed development of Shawlands Arcade represents one of the biggest changes to the area in recent years. Continue reading

Gorgie/Dalry Statement on COP26

On Saturday 6 November, Gorgie-Dalry branch members of Living Rent participated in the COP26 Global Day of Action protests alongside other members of Living Rent as well as members from ACORN and London Renters’ Union, forming the Housing Bloc. We marched to assert that housing justice is climate justice, and, alongside tens of dozens of trade unions, community groups, and civic and political organisations, to demand that people and the planet be put before the demands of profit in the face of the climate emergency.      Continue reading

Living Rent's solidarity statement with the GMB striking workers

Living Rent and the GMB cleansing workers are standing together to demand greater investment in Glasgow’s cleansing services. Years of underinvestment have brought about a waste crisis which impacts daily on residents and workers alike.  Continue reading

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')  Continue reading