Running Time: 6 mins 15 secs
Members of tenants union Living Rent Glasgow won a huge victory after picketing the offices of 1-2-Let in Dennistoun in support of their member Pierrette. Pierrette has been forced to live with her four children in appalling conditions of mould and disrepair while the letting agency did not lift a finger for years. For eleven years she didn’t even have any heating – until Living Rent got involved, and suddenly heaters magically appeared.
The negotiating team was subjected to extremely unprofessional and disrespectful behaviour from the agency staff, were told the manager was on holiday and could not be reached, and then had the police called on them.
Funnily enough, the police managed to talk to the manager immediately, and with the agency under serious pressure from the noisy picket outside, then confirmed that contractors will carry out necessary repairs in a week .
The following repairs have now been carried out:
Vents have been fitted on all windows in the home to help prevent further mould
The walls in Pierrette’s bedroom have been replastered and painted
The upstairs bathroom has been treated for mould and painted, and a new ventilator has been fitted
Gas heating has been installed in every room upstairs
The downstairs bathroom floor, previously in a state of severe disrepair, has been dealt with.
These are welcome steps, but Living Rent are still waiting for 1-2-Let to sit down with Pierrette and the union, and pay £6,660 worth of compensation.
If you want to stand in solidarity with fellow tenants in Scotland too, you can join Living Rent at https://www.livingrent.org/join