Tenants’ Rights for Landlord’s Wrongs: Standing up to Countrywide with Living Rent Glasgow

TIME FOR A TENANTS UNION

“We are a democratic organisation run by and for tenants.
We want homes for people, not for profit; to redress the power imbalance between landlords and tenants; and ensure that everyone has decent and affordable housing.

We believe in the collective power of tenants to come together to fight for their rights, and use diverse tactics – including direct action when necessary – to achieve this.

We are not affiliated to any political party, but recognise the importance of influencing parties and politicians and holding them to account.”

Aside from to a few pals, Jeffels and I haven’t really mentioned the endless issues we’ve experienced with Countrywide over our time renting from them in Glasgow. A lot of the problems I’m not going to write about publicly just yet, but I feel now is a good time for us to start being vocal. I mean, 9 months out of a 12 month tenancy is a long ass time to be simultaneously harassed and ignored.

After being informed by the council that our Landlord had been issued with a Rent Penalty Notice (preventing the collection of rent from us while under investigation), and that Countrywide were persisting to try and collect rent, we met with Dan of Living Rent a couple of weeks ago for a general chat about the situation, and to see if it was something Living Rent would be able to help us with. Turns out it was, and the following week we’d had a second meeting with Dan and Sean to plan a suitable course of action. There was an eagerness in all of us to get on with this right away, so the first step was an emergency picket held outside Countrywide’s office on Byres Road today.

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Scarborough: Por Favor

I’ve a little catching up to do, so this is my first post of three from my time in Scarborough a couple of weeks ago.

I’ve entered a bit of a lull with party photos lately. I think the fact I’ve stopped drinking so much has become a huge part of that, and when you go at things with a more sober and ‘professional’ mindset, it gets stale real goddamn fast from my perspective.

I’m definitely due a blow out, I think…

That said, just over a month ago a friend of a friend got in touch with me about heading down to Scarborough to shoot a night they were putting on in a Brewery. It’s been a while since I’ve shot anything other than a rock club, so I jumped at the chance to do something a little different and arguably out of my comfort zone. Even if it did technically mean travelling to another country.

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My history within Scarborough’s nightlife scene undoubtedly riles some people up the wrong way, and in all honesty I know a lot of the people who’d quite enjoy seeing me put into hospital would be into this particular event. Continue reading “Scarborough: Por Favor”

No Hate No Fear Donald Trump Protest in Glasgow by Lee Jones

No Hate, No Fear: Donald Trump Protest

It was pretty last minute, but I heard about the Trump protest earlier today and I took my camera and shot some of it.

I’m proud to be able to call Glasgow my home, and I hope the Scarborough protest in the coming days is just as welcomed.

 

Edited to add: If you find yourself uttering the phrase “Protesting won’t change anything!”, please take a read of this – Yes, Protest Does Matter by my pal Stephen.

Blythe Hogmanay House Party & Cathouse with Jesse Leach

In a way, last night marked the end of my first year in Glasgow. I didn’t technically move up until the start of February, but it was Hogmanay last year that cemented my desire to move to the city and make a go of it. It was also the first night I worked in the Cathouse.

Stephen and Grace hosted another Blythe Hogmanay in their flat.

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A week of Halloween in Glasgow

As I moved to Glasgow in February, this Halloween marked my first in the city.

Regular readers of my blogs will know that I’ve been shooting nightlife in the Cathouse rock club pretty much since I arrived here, and I’ve just spent a 6 night binge covering the clubs various Halloween nights.

A personal highlight had to be the Pole Dancing competition.

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As well as the appearance of an impressive Finn and Jake (Charlotte also appeared as Fiona, her photo will show up somewhere below).

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As this is a standalone blog post, I’ve broken my usual rule of keeping nightclub photos in full colour, opting for a few black and white edits. What follows is a pretty large collection of some of my favourite photos from the past week. I hope you dig looking through them.

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World Pipe Band Championships 2016

Today I spent my hangover wandering around Glasgow Green being blasted from all directions by multiple pipe-bands as they tuned-up, rehearsed, and performed…

I must admit, I only knew some bands were tuning up due to the sign posts pinned on the trees.

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Written down it seems like a terrible idea of a way to spend a hangover, and it was a surreal experience. There were bands performing here from all around the world.

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The co-ordination of the bands was impressive and after I managed to get some food down me, I found a comfort in the drums and drones.

Not that I could get too comfortable. There was always something going on, and my ears were working overtime.

A bunch of us almost got trampled to death when this band came marching seemingly out of nowhere…

Terrifying.

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Think I’m just gonna crawl into bed now.