Free legal service for private tenants

see below for drop in surgeries

We provide legal advice and advocacy to tenants renting from a private landlord with the aim to prevent homelessness and ensure tenant rights are met.

We assist with landlord problems, threats of eviction, dampness and disrepair as well as provide financial and benefits advice through our welfare rights and money and debt service.

Our legal team can provide representation when required as we aim to support tenants and prevent homelessness wherever possible.

This service has continued from Govan Law Centre’s Private Rented Sector Project, which was a dedicated city wide team to provide legal services for private tenants throughout Glasgow. Funded finished for this project in 2018.

We run ‘Rights Hubs’ for private tenants across Glasgow .

Free legal surgeries 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 Central

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

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: 0800 043 0306 or email

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.”

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