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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“Migrants made Glasgow” – Theresa May protest outside SEC.

I received a message around 2:30 this afternoon saying that there’d be a small Theresa May protest outside the SEC at 3:30. I figured it wouldn’t be very well attended, but grabbed a quick lunch and got out, deciding to go take some photos anyway.

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As I crossed through the tunnel, I noticed a group of people behind the SSE and it wasn’t long until I found myself stood with a gathering of mothers and daughters. This wasn’t what I was expecting, so I asked one of the girls what they were here for.

“Olly Murs”

Shit.

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Visiting a Food Bank.

Today, me and Jeffels made our first visit to a local(ish) food bank to collect an emergency three-day supply of food from the Preshal Trust just over the river.

It was good to get out of the flat for a walk and embrace the good weather, as I’ve felt it’s been rainy and miserable for a little too long now.

The Preshal Trust Foodbank via Glasgow Clyde Tunnel by Lee Jones.

Getting to walk through the Clyde Tunnel was pretty neat, though a bike next time will probably be better.

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We collected our rations, and received some information of other places to go when they are closed.

Here’s our emergency three day supply. Remember, this is for two people.

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There were a couple of small kitkat’s, two tins of soup, and some biscuits that weren’t vegan friendly, so we made sure to donate those back (well, this time we did). Fortunately we have a few spices knocking about the flat, so should be able to make something somewhat more interesting out of this.

It’s heartbreaking to know that there’s so many people regularly relying on these kinds of rations.

“Latest Trussell Trust figures show a 2% increase in foodbank use on the previous year with 1,109,309 three-day emergency food supplies given to people in crisis by our network of 424 foodbanks in 2015/16” – TrussellTrust.org

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.