As demand for war workers in the industrial areas around Glasgow increased, the demand for housing rocketed – and so did the rents that landlords charged. However, many homes were of a poor standard and in need of repair.
Increases in rent, as well as the rising price of food meant that those left at home were struggling financially. This led to protests:
Government responded with the Rent Restriction Act – this froze rent at 1914 levels unless improvements had been made to the property. The strikers’ demands had been met and wartime production was maintained without disruption.