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Tackling short-term lets

Across Scotland, but particularly in Edinburgh and the Highlands, more and more housing is being used as holiday accommodation for growing numbers of tourists. Due to the housing crisis, Living Rent has long-held that these properties should first and foremost be long-term affordable homes rather than holiday lets. Continue reading

No SERCO evictions - Holding corporate power to account

In September 2019, Serco’s Home Office contract to house asylum seekers came to an end, in part as a result of the pressure exerted by public campaigning led by a coalition of refugee and asylum seeker advocacy groups, of which Living Rent was part. Mears Group secured the tender for the new contract and, despite mass public outrage at Serco’s handling of the situation, still failed to find a solution to house the 300 tenants under threat, enabling Serco to carry out evictions.  As Living Rent had established in 2018 when this issue first arose, members of Living Rent Glasgow were committed to resisting this policy of forced destitution, and we launched a summer offensive campaign of direct action to defend our neighbours and communities.This fight continues, led by the No Eviction network, see here.   Continue reading

Glasgow Stock Transfer: Privatisation by Stealth (Long Read)

In 2003, Glasgow City Council transferred all of it's council housing stock to housing associations, eviscerating public housing and clearing a path for mass privatisation and demolition in the name of democratisation and modernisation. Continue reading

Govan Residents and Workers Protest Against Council Cutbacks and Rat-Infested Streets

The Govan branch of Living Rent Tenants’ Union and cleansing workers from GMB Union smell a rat. While the council dithers and delays, council-tax-paying tenants and residents in Govan, and across Glasgow, are facing mountains of rubbish on their doorsteps, backcourts and streets. Continue reading

Lock-In Glasgow City Council

We locked-in Glasgow City Council today, delivering a letter to Council Leader Susan Aitken demanding they provide accommodation for the 300 affected asylum seekers.  Continue reading

Keep yer Paws aff the Shaws!

Keep yer Paws aff the Shaws! Read the mission statement from the growing branch of Living Rent in Pollokshaws as they move forward to the next stage of their organising drive. Continue reading

Don't leave before you know your rights!

Have you received a Notice to Leave? Contact us before you go anywhere! Continue reading

Castlemilk - Our Community, Our Say

Read the founding statement from Living Rent members in Castlemilk, as they work towards launching a local branch in the area.   Continue reading

Taking Harveys to the Cleaners

Living Rent action wins victory for Frankie Continue reading