The news from Muirhouse - 6 blocks issue 3

THREE YEARS HAVE PASSED since the Grenfell towering inferno claimed the lives of 72 tenants[...] ACTION BY the Muirhouse branch of Living Rent has succeeded in forcing City of Edinburgh Council to repair two defective fire doors in Oxcars Court. Only after Living Rent called the Fire Brigade, did online publicity and contacted councillors and managers did the Council finally act to secure residents’safety[...] We accuse Edinburgh City Council of endangering tenants’ lives by flaunting the fire safety regulations and failing to perform emergency repairs until being forced to do so by Living Rent and the Fire Brigade.THE FARCE OF THE BIRNIES lifts continues. For the three years since the Council took out lifts that worked perfectly well and replaced them with two that are constantly breaking down, Birnies tenants have had to do with one working lift at best, often with none at all. The complications of social distancing when 56 flats on 14 floors with over 100 residents are forced to use one small lift during a virus pandemic are dire, with a queue forming during busy times. It was heartwarming to see the behaviour of tenants, refusing to share the lift but letting others go before them[...] TRAPPED In Birnies one lift serves the evennumber floors, the other does the odds. They take turns at breaking down. But sometimes both conk out, leaving many tenants struggling. Says one Birnies tenant, 'I’m a pensioner on the 12th floor. Both lifts were out last week, I had 2 bags of shopping and my dog and they expect me to climb 12 floors. My legs are bad. I’m sick to death of these lifts - when they do work you get stuck in them. Yes, we’re definitely on lockdown with these lifts. It’s terrible what they are doing to folk living here.'READ ON Continue reading

Report from our fourth Annual General Meeting (but first on Zoom!)

Living Rent’s fourth proper Annual General Meeting on 18th July will hopefully go down in history as the only one held on Zoom. That said it was empowering to see over 60 of us gather to celebrate the past year and plan for further tenant power in Scotland. Continue reading

Protect renters - now and after the virus!

Protect renters from evictions and unaffordable rents -- both during the pandemic and in its aftermath. Continue reading

Partick Housing - save lives: clean up your act

Partick Housing tenants, as featured on the BBC, are fighting back against hygiene neglect during the pandemic. Continue reading

National day of action to protest re-opening of housing tribunal

Living Rent issue landlords and courts ‘notice’ that tenants will fight evictions Continue reading

Three years on: Justice for Grenfell

Three years on since the Grenfell tower fire - we continue to stand in solidarity with all those seeking justice for the victims of Grenfell.    Continue reading

Black Lives Matter

Our statement on the Black Lives Matter protests in the US. Continue reading

Work for Living Rent

Living Rent is looking for two community organisers to join our organisation in Glasgow and Edinburgh and fight for social and economic change. You will work closely with Living Rent’s members in Glasgow and Edinburgh, joining a growing team of Living Rent organisers in Scotland. Hours: FT (35h) or PT (22.5h) Pau: Living wage £9.30 per hour.  Continue reading

Negotiating Rent with your Union by your Side

Maria and Martha, two Member Defence Representatives, report back from their work fighting for rent reductions and suspensions during the Covid-19 outbreak. Continue reading

Edinburgh City Council Flout Fire Safety In Muirhouse High Rise

City of Edinburgh council are putting their tenants’ lives at risk by failing to repair defective fire doors in the Oxcars Court Council high-rise in Muirhouse. The Fire Brigade have stated they are sending officers to investigate.   Continue reading