Living Rent



Demonstration planned as GHA eviction case heads to court

Tenants union Living Rent will today challenge an ongoing eviction of one of its members by Glasgow Housing Association (GHA) as the action reaches court this week.

Published 10 December 2019

Living Rent begins campaign against Universal Credit evictions

Tenants’ union Living Rent has called on housing associations in Glasgow to commit to no evictions stemming from debts caused by Universal Credit.

Published 6 November 2019

SNP MP Marion Fellows backs calls for housing as a human right and rent controls

SNP MP for Motherwell and Wishaw, Marion Fellows, has signed Shelter Scotland’s petition to enshrine the right to a decent home in Scots Law and backed calls from tenants’ union Living Rent for rent controls on private lets.

Published 30 October 2019

Edinburgh landlord fined £7,500 running ‘sham’ holiday-let

An Edinburgh landlord has been ordered to pay £7,500 to his former tenants after a court rejected his claim that the flat was a ‘holiday-let’.

Published 17 October 2019

Living Rent holds 'lock-in' to highlight council's 'failure' to protect Glasgow asylum seekers

Tenants' union Living Rent held a symbolic 'lock-in' at Glasgow City Council on Tuesday and sent a letter of demands urging the local authority to take responsibility for asylum seekers facing eviction via lock changes by Serco.

Published 21 August 2019

Campaigners disrupt Caledonian Sleeper in Serco lock-change protest

Campaigners disrupted the Serco-operated Caledonian Sleeper rail service last night to protest against the contractor’s lock-changes on 300 asylum seekers and refugees in Glasgow.

Published 8 August 2019

More than 80% of Scots support taxes on holiday lets

A plan to impose taxes on holiday let landlords is backed by 84% of Scots, according to a new YouGov poll, with 63% of these people saying that “all” or “most” of this money should be ring-fenced to improve local housing.

Published 31 July 2019

New Gorbals pledges to reverse lock-changes on its properties

New Gorbals Housing Association has promised to reverse any attempt by Serco to change locks on its properties as part of efforts to prevent the eviction of asylum seekers in Glasgow.

Published 19 July 2019

Glasgow housing associations urged to take action against asylum seekers accommodation providers

Housing associations have responded to calls for them to take action against the private housing contractors providing accommodation for asylum seekers in Glasgow.

Published 11 July 2019

Living Rent granted £56k from Nationwide Foundation to 'give voice to PRS tenants'

Tenants' union Living Rent is one of seven organisations across the UK to share more than £800,000 of funding from the Nationwide Foundation to give private tenants a stronger voice on their personal housing issues or in housing matters in their local area.

Published 2 July 2019

Tenants’ union to go ‘on the offensive’ to stop Serco evictions

Scotland’s tenants’ union Living Rent has called for “mass public resistance” to stop the 300 lock changes to be rolled out by Serco in Glasgow.

Published 18 June 2019

Tenants’ union to protest against Edinburgh letting agent offering ‘sham’ holiday lets

Protestors will tomorrow demonstrate outside the premises of an Edinburgh letting agent accused of exploiting tenants by offering “sham holiday lets”.

Published 16 May 2019

Landlords 'abusing' holiday let contracts to undermine tenants' rights

Landlords are abusing Airbnb-style "holiday let" contracts to evade their responsibilities to tenants, some of whom are staying in their properties for up to 10 months or more, according to a damning new report.

Published 2 May 2019

Unions call for ‘urgent action’ on accessible housing and winter evictions ban

The Scottish Trades Union Congress (STUC) has demanded “urgent action” from local authorities to tackle the shortage in accessible housing and has also joined a campaign to ban winter evictions.

Published 17 April 2019

Poll reveals ‘overwhelming support’ for rent controls across Scotland

Campaigners are calling on the Scottish Government to support major changes to prevent tenants being “forced into poverty by sky-high rents” after a survey pointed towards huge public support for the action.

Published 11 April 2019