Private rented sector project: free legal service for private tenants

see below for drop in surgeries

Govan Law Centre’s Private Rented Sector Project, has a dedicated city wide team to provide legal services for private tenants throughout Glasgow.

This is a specialist project has dedicated solicitors, housing caseworker/coordinator, financial inclusion and capability caseworkers and a welfare rights worker. At a time when private renting in Scotland is growing, our project provides valuable support to individuals and families faced with challenging situations.

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.

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

Our free legal surgeries around Glasgow for private tenants. Please check if you need to book appointment

Glasgow South

Friday morning, at Govanhill Neighbourhood Centre 6 Daisy Street G42 10am to 12.30pm Drop In

Glasgow North West

Wednesday morning at Possilpoint Community Centre 130 Denmark Street G22 5LQ 10am to 12pm Drop in

Glasgow Central

Wednesday afternoon (every 2 weeks) at Homes for Good, 97 Main Street G40 1QD by appointment with HFG

Glasgow West

Tuesday afternoon at Drumchapel CC 320 Kinfauns Drive G15 7HA by appointment, call Govan Law Centre

Glasgow East

Thursday morning at Parkhead Library 64 Tollcross Rd Glasgow G31 4XA 10-12pm by appointment, call Govan Law Centre

Glasgow North East

Monday to Friday at Westwood Business Centre, 69 Aberdalgie Rd, Easterhouse Glasgow G34 9HJ by appointment (contact Donna Alexander 0141 433 2665)

Contact us on: 0141 440 2503 or email PRS@govanlc.com

More about the Private Rented Sector Project

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.”