Residents Federation still helping tenants

Members of Glenrothes Residents Association Federation
Members of Glenrothes Residents Association Federation

A GLENROTHES residents group has given an insight into the work they do to help tenants in the town, reports KEVIN QUINN.

Based at Edison House, Glenrothes Area Residents Federation (GARF) is now in its 21st year and continues to take forward tenants and residents concerns of what is happening in their area.

Irene Laing, office administrator at the federation revealed more about what they do.

She said: “There is a lot of things going on. We deal with private and council homeowners, sheltered accommodation and homelessness among other things.

“The Sheltered Housing Department are currently looking at changes in the structure. So we are working very closely with the council to make sure that tenants in sheltered housing get the best outcome.

“We have also done a lot of work in the last couple of years regarding homelessness and the local housing strategy.

“The most important thing is the representation of the tenants.

“We are always looking to get the best results with regards to policies made by Fife Council on housing.

“We hold discussions with the council for such matters. They will come to us with policies they are looking at to get our opinion.

“We have also been involved with Scottish Government consultations.”

Mrs Laing revealed who can make use of GARF.

She added: “It’s all about getting people involved, letting them see the value in it. Anybody can get in touch. If they need help with housing issues, then we can help them.

“For example we had a guy come to us who had problems getting repairs carried out in his council home. So we got in touch with the council and helped out.

“It’s mostly council tenants we work with but we do private tenants as well.

“I think the federation has done a good job over the past 21 years.

“The bottom line is we are still here to help tenants in Glenrothes.”