Living Rent

Campaign to outlaw winter evictions in bid to prevent homelessness deaths

Tenants’ union Living Rent has launched a campaign to outlaw winter evictions in Scotland in a bid to prevent deaths of people who are homeless.

Published 15 November 2017

Partick Housing Association defends rents record following tenant protest

Activists from the Living Rent tenants union joined tenants of Partick Housing Association last week to demand immediate action on the ever increasing rents.

Published 24 October 2017

Scottish Government should reconsider value of ‘uniquely insecure’ PRS

The private rented sector (PRS) has tripled in size since the advent of devolution and its reversal is a goal that Holyrood should “triumph not fear”, a new report has argued.

Published 10 October 2017

Free community open-day for private renters in Glasgow

Private tenants in Glasgow are being urged to attend a free open-day event in Glasgow on Saturday 23 September in Renfield St Stephens, Bath St, Glasgow 10am-4pm.

Published 18 September 2017

Living Rent celebrates official launch of Glasgow tenants’ union

The Glasgow branch of the Living Rent tenants’ union was officially launched on Saturday at the Pearce Institute in the city.

Published 31 July 2017

Living Rent to launch tenants union in Glasgow

Tenants union Living Rent is bidding to demand more rights for tenants in Glasgow by creating tenants union for renters in the city.

Published 28 July 2017

Living Rent to demonstrate outside Whiteinch and Scotstoun Housing Association offices

A demonstration is to take place today to urge Whiteinch and Scotstoun Housing Association to reverse a decision to close the communal spaces in two sheltered housing complexes, even though the Association maintains it has no plans to carry out the closures.

Published 9 June 2017

Living Rent action halts eviction of Glasgow single mum

Tenants’ union Living Rent has secured a new home for single mum Amanda Gallagher who was facing imminent eviction from her and her son’s family home.

Published 1 June 2017

Rent campaigners claim victory over Santander buy-to-let ‘rent rise clause’

High street banking giant Santander has confirmed that it will remove a clause in its buy-to-let mortgages which housing campaigners claimed previously forced landlords to get "the maximum increase in the rent".

Published 17 February 2017

Scotland's private tenants launch national union to 'counter landlord lobby’

Tenants have launched Scotland’s first national union for people living in the private rented sector.

Published 20 June 2016

Private Tenancies Bill passed by Scottish Parliament

New legislation that will modernise the private rented sector (PRS) was passed last night by the Scottish Parliament.

Published 18 March 2016

SNP conference backs national rent control proposal

Delegates at the SNP Spring Conference have voted overwhelmingly to support a resolution committing the party to supporting the introduction of national rent controls for all tenants.

Published 14 March 2016

Private Tenancies Bill amendments ‘welcome, but not enough’, say campaigners

The Scottish Government has passed amendments to its Private Tenancies Bill to strengthen its proposed rent control laws, though campaigners have warned that ministers need to go further to ensure protections for vulnerable tenants are guaranteed under the new legislation.

Published 10 February 2016

Six-month tenancies plan ‘could force women to stay in abusive relationships’

The Scottish Government has been urged to scrap plans for a six-month initial tenancy period for private landlords over fears it could force victims of domestic violence to stay in abusive relationships.

Published 4 February 2016

MSP calls for rent controls to be extended to Highlands and Islands and to new tenancies

The need for rent controls in the Highlands and Islands, where rents are rising faster than in any other part of Scotland, has become “urgent”, according to John Finnie MSP.

Published 21 January 2016