A victory has been won for the tenants of Edinburgh as the first bad landlord has been banned from renting out any properties whatsoever.
Yousef Mohammed was removed from the landlords’ register at a meeting of the council’s regulatory committee on June 22 this year. He had previously been fined £1000 at Edinburgh Sheriff Court for operating an HMO (house in multiple occupation) without a licence. He had not disclosed his conviction and had continued to rent out properties without a licence to do so.This landmark decision heralds the start of a new, tougher regime at Edinburgh Council and proves the efficiency of EPTAG’s campaign. We have been hard at work lobbying councillors to get improvements in the rental system and put bad landlords out of the rental business – permanently. Our recent public meeting, attended by over 50 people, shows the strength of feeling on this matter.
EPTAG’s work has been noticed in the new council coalition agreement at point 2.7, which promises to enforce tenancy agreements so both tenants and landlords fulfil their responsibilities. We will continue the campaign to get a fairer deal for tenants and stop criminal landlords in Edinburgh, and this is a heartening sign that councillors are sitting up and taking notice.