GLASGOW’S Wyndford area is leading a national campaign to ensure housing associations maintain cleansing services during the pandemic with the message: ‘Hygiene kills the virus’.

Tenants in the North West of the city are being encouraged to ‘hold social landlords or factors to account’ and report any communal cleaning breaches.

Last month the Glasgow Times told how residents from high-rise flats found faeces, blood and other bodily fluids in the halls, stairs and lifts in the flats.

Housing campaign group Living Rent Living Rent said tenants of Cube and Maryhill housing associations had secured improvements after pressure but is closely monitoring the situation.

READ MORE: MSPs backs new high-rise hygiene measures after community pressure 

Meanwhile, an open letter is being presented to Kevin Stewart, Local Government Minister, calling for legislation to ensure associations comply with essential cleaning.

There have also been reports of factors in Glasgow issuing bills for cleansing work that has not been carried out.

James Roberts, Secretary of Wyndford branch of Living Rent, said: “We’ve been doing this for a while in the Wyndford area and we are hoping that others across Scotland can now benefit from our gains.

“The Hygiene Kills the Virus campaign has now reached Edinburgh and Paisley.

“What happens is we make some progress and they give us commitments but then it’s a struggle to hold them accountable.

READ MORE: Possilpark working 'round the clock' to support and feed the community 

“We are now targeting Kevin Stewart for legislation and are urging people in the North to hold their housing associations to account.

“We are saying to tenants, don’t let things go unreported or unnoticed.
“Cube is still not putting out the schedules for cleaning that it can be held accountable for.

“That’s one of the demands we are putting out as part of this campaign. Housing Associations need to be issuing Covid-19 information campaigns.”

A Cube spokesman said: “We have a rigorous cleaning regime in our multi-storey blocks which, since the crisis began, has included extra deep cleaning and disinfecting. Our general cleaning regime is displayed on screens and on noticeboards in the foyers of blocks.”

Tenants are being urged to report incidents to the dedicated Facebook page: Hygiene Kills the Virus: Report Your Council or Social Landlord.

Do you live in the North West and have a story? Get in touch at


Shops are closing. Newspaper sales are falling. But we’ve chosen to keep our coverage of the Coronavirus crisis free because it’s so important that the people of Glasgow stay informed during this difficult time.

To help us get through this, we’re asking readers who can afford it to contribute either £3, £5 or £8 a month to the Glasgow Times.

If you choose to sign up, we’ll also take away all the adverts – and deliver a digital version of the print paper to your device. Click here to help Save Your Times: