Hous­ing ad­vice ser­vice flooded by ten­ants’ calls

Evening Times - - NEWS - By CONNOR McCANN

HOUS­ING cam­paign­ers have said they are strug­gling to keep up with Glas­gow ten­ants’ calls for help.

With more than 500 ten­ants in the city hav­ing ap­proached Liv­ing Rent in its first six months, the vol­ume of cases they have heard has bol­stered their the group’s be­lief a ten­ants union is needed now more than ever.

The of­fi­cial launch of Liv­ing Rent was held to­day with Craig Pa­ter­son, a mem­ber of the as­pir­ing union say­ing: “At the mo­ment we have spo­ken to more than 500 peo­ple.

“That’s from peo­ple who have ap­proached us on the street or con­tacted us through so­cial me­dia.

“We have so much com­ing in we are al­most can’t keep up with it.

“To us at Liv­ing Rent this shows the ex­treme need for a union that sup­ports the rights of ten­ants who are sub­ject to the wrong-do­ings of pri­vate and so­cial land­lords.

“With 54 per cent of the city’s pop­u­la­tion now rent­ing I would chal­lenge any­one to say they don’t know of some­one who has not heard of some­one who has had an is­sue with a land­lord.”

The hous­ing cam­paign­ers formed six months ago and launched their plans to be­come an of­fi­cial union sup­port­ing the rights of ten­ants two weeks af­ter the Gren­fell Tower dis­as­ter in Lon­don which claimed dozens of lives.

Re­cently the cam­paign­ers also made calls for the city’s 327,000 ten­ants to take a stand af­ter it was re­vealed av­er­age rent prices reached an all­time high of £755 a month.

Craig added: “No one is there to call out a pri­vate land­lord or hous­ing as­so­ci­a­tion when and if they step out of line and we’re here to help or­di­nary peo­ple with cases that can be quite daunt­ing.

“We urge any­body who has is­sues about their te­nancy to come for­ward and speak to us – no mat­ter how big or small the mat­ter is.”

Liv­ing Rent have been in­un­dated with cases

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