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Four years on: justice for Grenfell

Today marks four years since the country watched in horror as Grenfell Tower burned live on the news. Living Rent  again expresses its full solidarity with the bereaved, survivors and the wider community of Grenfell Tower and their ongoing search for justice. Continue reading

Summer Training Schedule

Living Rent’s training program: Fighting for the future In 2020, Living Rent doubled in size with neighbourhood branches organising across Edinburgh and Glasgow and groups forming across Scotland. The year 2021 presents us with great challenges,  notably the combined impact of Brexit and the Covid pandemic on our communities, as well as significant opportunities to fight for the future we deserve and need. Supported by the Rosa Luxemburg Foundation, Living Rent is organising training to support tenants and residents to hone their skills and understandings,  in order to best seize these opportunities. Continue reading

Housing and the Cabinet Reshuffle

In the Scottish Government’s reshuffle announced earlier this week, a new Cabinet Secretary for Social Justice, Housing and Local Government was appointed. Living Rent welcomes Shona Robison and bids farewell to Kevin Stewart. We take a look at the last Housing Minister’s last year and the challenge ahead.   Continue reading

Recruitment: Living Rent is recruiting a remote organiser

Passionate about memberrun organisations? Living Rent is looking for a remote organiser to support its growing membership across Scotland. This position will join and support a growing team of organisers in Scotland with the aim to establish and strengthen branches outwith the areas where there are full-time neighbourhood organisers. This is a fixed 12 months full time contract at Living Wage. Continue reading

GHA tenants organise against rent hike!

On Thursday 25th March, Living Rent members went to the Wheatley Group fancy offices in the city centre with a clear message to Glasgow Housing Association: FREEZE RENTS NOW! Continue reading

Airbnb's "community organising"

New research published at the University of Manchester with Ethical Consumer magazine explores how ‘astroturf’ movements of landlords have been set up all over the world to fend off threats to Airbnb’s business model. The company hired hundreds of "community organisers" since 2014 to set up over 400 ‘Home Sharing Clubs’ in cities all over the world, including in the UK. You can read this important report here, as it outlines how companies use so-called grassroots movements to pursue back room deals and undermine our movement and demands for a city that puts residents and tenants first.   Continue reading

Freeze rents: Hearing back from Dunedin and Canmore tenants

Like the earth rotates on its axis, and tupperware loses its lid, our rents increase year on year. Rent rises seem like a law of nature. But they aren’t. The system that makes people pay a large proportion of their income to rent is made and maintained by people and organisations that could, and should, act differently. Particularly in a pandemic, which has churned up lives and livelihoods like a long, savage, yet monotonous, storm. We need rent freezes in social and public housing.  Continue reading

Defend Glasgow Jobs and Protect Glasgow’s Services!

On Wednesday 17th March, Living Rent members took action to mark one year since over a hundred libraries, gyms, community centres and other local services in Glasgow were closed. Continue reading

The fight for our cities vacant land

Across Scotland, we have seen over 66 000 public homes being demolished, leaving large vacant land sites like gapping holes throughout our communities. Despite the housing crisis that Scotland faces, neighbourhood branch after branch sees these plots being prioritised for buy-to-let and luxury developments, in an ongoing attempt by city planners to 'mix' our communities, bringing in more expensive housing instead of the genuinely affordable homes we need.This is why across Glasgow, members are rising up to fight for this land to be prioritised for social and public housing, built to the highest environmental standards and reflecting our needs and vision. Continue reading

Fix our Homes - Getting our homes fit for the future

Refurbishment - making our homes more energy efficient - presents a huge and 'shovel' ready opportunity for Scotland to tackle fuel poverty as well as the health impacts related to poor housing conditions, whilst taking head on the combined threats of climate change and the economic crises resulting from the global pandemic and Brexit.Several branches of Living Rent are taking this challenge head on: asking for the total refurbishment of their blocks, the changing of drafty windows and the implementation of district heating schemes. This is also a key challenge of private sector homes and as Scotland prepares to host COP 26, members throughout Scotland are organising to get the government to commit to ambitious refurbishment targets, in order to deliver the homes Scotland needs. Continue reading