Private rented sector project

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Govan Law Centre’s Private Rented Sector Project, is funded by the Big Lottery Fund Scotland, and has a dedicated city wide team who will provide vital work on behalf of private tenants throughout Glasgow.

This is a specialist project for private rented sector tenants in Glasgow is made up of dedicated solicitors, housing caseworker/coordinator, financial inclusion and capability caseworkers and a welfare rights worker. At a time of forthcoming legislative changes and considerable increase in private renting use in Scotland, our project is providing valuable support to individuals and families faced with challenging situations.

We have city-wide ‘Rights Hubs’ as well as a dedicated email to ensure easy and accessible routes to help private tenants all over Glasgow who are experiencing difficulty with their tenancy, landlord or letting agency.

If you are a Private Tenant and have problems with your landlord; need repairs to your home; are worried about money or debts; need benefits advice or; have rent, council tax or fuel arrears. Our specialist legal team hold weekly surgeries.

FREE LEGAL SERVICE FOR PRIVATE TENANTS

Glasgow South

MON AM – Govanhill Law Centre, 79 Coplaw Street Glasgow G42 7JG by appointment

WED PM – MP Chris Stephen’s office, 1612-1614 Paisley Rd West G52 3QN by appointment

TUES AM – The Well 42-44 Albert Rd Glasgow G42 8DN 0930-1230  Drop In

WED PM – GCC South Casework Service, Twomax Building  by appointment

FRI AM – Govanhill Baths 99 Calder Street Glasgow G42 7RA 1030-1230 – Drop In

Glasgow Central

MON AM – Simon Community RSVP Hub 72 London Road G1 5NP 1100-1330 Drop In

THURS PM – Homes for Good 97 Main Street G40 1QD by appointment

Glasgow West

TUES PM Netherton Community Centre 358 Netherton Road Glasgow G13 1AX by appointment

Glasgow East

THURS AM Parkhead Library 64 Tollcross Rd Glasgow G31 4XA by appointment

Glasgow North East

MON-FRI Westwood Business Centre, 69 Aberdalgie Rd, Easterhouse Glasgow G34 9HJ  by appointment

For an Appointment at any of our Surgeries or Drop In details:

t:0141 440 2503

e:PRS@govanlc.com

More about the service

Govan Law Centre (GLC) is delighted that the Big Lottery Fund Investing in Communities Programme is providing a three years grant to establish our Private Rented Tenants Project.

We have over 20 years experience working for tenants in Glasgow, our team provides legal advice, assistance and representation and works specifically for Private Rented Tenants.

Tenants who would normally feel powerless, ignored or in a hopeless position are seeking our specialist help to have their voices heard and find long term solutions to their housing situation.

When we launched this project, Big Lottery Fund Scotland Chair, Maureen McGinn, said: “I am delighted that Govan Law Centre is one of 60 groups sharing in our latest grants totalling over £17 million . This is life changing money which will support people and families facing challenging circumstances and I wish Govan Law Centre every success as it goes on to develop and expand this valuable project.”
This comes at a time when the private rented sector has doubled since 2001 and where PRS households make up 15% of all households in Scotland. It is also a time of legislative change with the Private Housing (Tenancies) (Scotland) Act 2016 in the process of being implemented; the new act has the potential to make PRS tenancies more insecure”.

This project was developed from GLC’s Big Lottery Funded research which investigated the voice of tenants living in the private rented sector in Glasgow. It revealed that many feel powerless with little choice or security. A private rented sector where a tenant’s right to a safe, secure, maintained and affordable home are too often ignored by letting agencies and landlords.

Alistair Sharp manager of the project said: “This project will ensure tenants are empowered, are more secure, have better choice and can expect to live in a safe, well maintained, secure and affordable home. We will work for tenants’ rights and provide financial inclusion and capability solutions. We will ensure the tenants voice is heard.”