Thursday 30 June 2016

Launch of City-wide Private Rented Tenants Project for Glasgow

Govan Law Centre is delighted to announce the creation of a new specialist project for private rented sector tenants across Glasgow with an award of £454,780 from the Big Lottery Fund.

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.”

GLC's Principal Solicitor Mike Dailly said: "The grant from the Big Lottery Fund Investing in Communities Programme provides Govan Law Centre with the vital resources to set up our city wide Private Rented Sector (PRS) Tenants Project and a dedicated team which will work on behalf of Private Rented Sector Tenants who are at risk of homelessness through the actions of their landlord or letting agency".
"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". 
GLC's Prevention of Homeless Senior Manager Alistair Sharp said: "GLC’s Big Lottery Funded PRS research presented the voice of tenants living in the private rented sector in Glasgow and revealed that many feel Powerless with no expectation, 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".

"We will fight for tenants’ rights and provide financial inclusion and capability solutions that ensure the tenants voice is heard and that their rights as tenants are not ignored and will ensure tenants are empowered, are secure, are able to choose, can expect to live in a safe, well maintained, secure and affordable home and that Govan Law Centres Private Rented Sector Project dedicated city wide team will fight for them and with them to secure their rights".
The new project creates four new posts: full details of how to apply for these posts is set out below:

PRS Team Coordinator / Senior Caseworker
Financial Inclusion/Capability Officer


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