A new blog has been created which condemns Edinburgh’s most well known criminal landlord, Mark Fortune. The aptly named ‘Misfortune Property’ blog aims to help stop future tenants being exploited.
The author states that “this blog was created to warn people, so that they do not get exploited like so many other tenants have”, because “the wheels of justice are turning so very slowly, and meanwhile, he continues to break the law and exploit tenants”.
Fortune is accused in the blog of a number of crimes and misconduct toward his tenants, several of which are a matter of public record – namely his conviction for a breach of the peace for verbally assaulting one of his tenants, and his fine for renting out HMO properties without a license.
The blog lists the properties which are known to be Mark Fortune flats in the Tollcross and Bruntsfield areas. EPTAG can confirm that these addresses are correct, according to the records that the Council holds on failed HMO applications and other documents.
This is not the only blog that has been created recently criticizing landlords. Another called ‘O’Neills Property Reviews’ was created last month, and claims that the agency has been ignoring the Tenancy Deposit Scheme legislation, and not securing tenants deposits. The blog also accuses the agency of dangerous repairing standards, and other misconduct.
For private tenants, it is often very hard to know if a letting agency or landlord is a decent one, especially if you are a migrant worker new to Scotland. This new wave of internet vigilantism may help rectify this issue, by raising awareness about letting agents and landlords who . EPTAG wishes these bloggers the best of luck in their campaigns.