Living Rent to launch tenants union in Glasgow
The group planned to form the union just weeks after the Grenfell Tower tragedy in London, the aftermath of which brought an increased awareness of the importance of affordable rent-controlled housing.
Its aim is to use the collective power of tenants to ensure good quality housing, security of tenure and fair rent.
A spokesperson for Living Rent told Scottish Housing News: “Speaking to tenants, you realise how badly we’ve needed a union to protect our interests. Everyone you speak to has a story about the time their ceiling fell in, or the time they had to move house because the rent was going up again. In the past we might have accepted this as our lot, but we’ve reached a point where people are demanding more.
“Living Rent has been supporting tenants in Glasgow to fight evictions and illegal fees, and the official launch of the union this Saturday is an invitation to get involved. The latest figures show that there are over 327,000 renters in Glasgow. At the same time, rent prices have reached a record high in the city. We will achieve a lot for tenants’ rights if we organise and demand a better deal for ourselves.”
The Glasgow branch launch takes place at the Pearce Institute on Govan Road tomorrow from 1pm - 5pm.
The afternoon will feature speakers, discussions, films and music. Childcare will be available, the venue is wheelchair accessible.
Find tickets and more information here.