Lettings agency is latest to be targeted by tenant campaigning group

Clyde Property has seen placard-waving protestors outside its Clarkston, Glasgow branch following rent rise demand and management issues at property.

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A lettings agency in Glasgow is the latest within the industry to be targeted by housing campaigners, part of a growing strategy used by groups such as Acorn to fight individual cases.

This time it’s tenants’ union Living Rent, which has demonstrated outside the Clarkston branch of six-branch estate agency Clyde Property.

Half-a-dozen members of Living Rent held a demonstration outisde the office holding up placards and posters highlighting the case of a tenant family living in a Woodlands property managed by the agency.

Living Rent claim the couple and their young child have been asked to pay a 30% rent increase despite their flat being in a poor state of repair.

This includes damp, overflowing sewage and a radiator that has detached from a wall.

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Clyde Property is being asked to negotiate a more reasonable rent increase with the landlord and also ensure the property is maintained at a habitable standard.

Living Rent’s Sam John told local media that: “Despite [the tenant] working for the NHS at great risk to personal health during a pandemic which has been devastating for the entire planet, and despite paying rent on time for four years to a landlord who has consistently failed to provide a decent home…this young family are being pushed into financial difficulty, squalor, or eviction.”

A spokesperson from Clyde Property said: “As a managing agent, please be assured that we are doing our utmost to progress repairs in line with the Landlords lawful instructions in respect of managing the property.

“We have also done our level best to negotiate the rental increase on their behalf, but again must take our Landlords instruction on the matter. We wholly sympathise with the tenants and to that end we have a meeting with them today, today as we look to move forward in a positive and constructive manner for all parties involved.”

Read more about lettings agency firms targeted by campaigners.

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