Living Rent Campaign
Rent Strike: New magazine hopes to unite the international housing movement
A new publication aims to provide a forum of “big ideas” for housing activists from around the world
RENT STRIKE, a new magazine launched earlier this month, hopes to move beyond the immediate challenges faced by housing activists across both Scotland and the world on a daily basis, and provide a space for considering the wider issues of what housing could and should look like.
Ben Wray: The 10 actions we can take to fix housing in Scotland
CommonSpace columnist and Common Weal head of policy Ben Wray takes a look at what needs to be done to improve housing
AS poet Ben Okri has poignantly spelled out, Grenfell is about more than dodgy cladding.
It’s about how housing is treated as a commodity rather than a social good essential to all of our lives. It’s about how the health of the poor comes well behind the profits of the rich in what our system values. But it’s also a call to action – to think big and bold about overturning a system which produces such injustice.
Living Rent campaign demands tackling of private sector in homelessness battle
Campaigners suggest that strategy to deal with homelessness lacks effectiveness
THE Living Rent campaign, Scotland's tenant union, has said more effort into tackling privately-rented housing is needed in a bid to tackle homelessness in Scotland.
Campaigners call for measures to tackle cold homes as winter deaths reach 15 year high
Winter deaths highest since 1999-2000 flu outbreak
WINTER deaths reached a 15 year high in late 2014 and early 2015, with campaigners and health professionals linking the spike in death to cold homes and poor housing.
There were 22,011 deaths in Scotland between December 2014 and March 2015, up from 18,675 for the same period in the previous year.
Two-thirds back rent controls in Scottish Government consultation
Thirty-one per cent of people in the private-rented sector say they are paying prices that are "unaffordable"
TWO-THIRDS of respondents to a Scottish Government consultation on the private-rented sector have said that rent controls to limit the amount landlords can charge for rent should be implemented in Scotland.
Respondents also advocated an end to 'no-fault ground' tenancy agreements which allows landlords to force tenants to vacate their accommodation at the contract end date.
Scottish Government considering introduction of rent controls, First Minister says
Those in private rent spending 43 per cent of their income on housing accommodation
NICOLA Sturgeon has said the Scottish Government is consulting on the introduction of rent controls to address high prices in the private-rented sector in Scotland.
Letting agent under fire for 'illegal' treatment of tenants
O'Neill Property claims it will change practice if found to be illegal
A LETTING agent is under fire after campaigners claimed that its shoddy treatment of tenants is breaking the law.
The Living Rent Campaign is set to protest at the Edinburgh and Glasgow offices of O'Neill Property on Thursday 12 February at noon.
The campaign says that the letting agent charges illegal referencing fees of PS60 per person. It also claims that deposits with the agent are not held in the Tenancy Deposit Scheme.
Tenants struggling to find properties in private rental market, report says
Report adds fuel to calls for private rented sector reform.
A SIGNIFICANT number of people have found it difficult to find suitable accommodation in Scotland in the private rented sector, according to a report.
A poll commissioned by the Scottish Association of Landlords (SAL) and the Council of Lettings Agents (CLA) found 43 per cent of people looking to rent in the past five years had found it "quite difficult" or "very difficult" to find a property suitable.