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Living Rent Edinburgh

April 6th, 2016 | Posted by admin in Uncategorized - (Comments Off)

Edinburgh Private Tenants is now Living Rent Edinburgh, the Edinburgh branch of Living Rent – Scotland’s tenants’ union. We have been proud to be a major part of a hugely successful campaign which has greatly improved tenants rights. We are still having regular fortnightly meetings at the Tollcross Community Centre, 117 Fountainbridge, at which we …
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Mark Fortune Update

January 29th, 2015 | Posted by admin in Uncategorized - (Comments Off)

Those of you following the case of one of Edinburgh’s worst landlords will know that he is appealing a Council decision to revoke his landlord registration license. This is ongoing, and the Council can not give us any more updates until the legal action is resolved. But, if any of you have the misfortune of …
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Rally for Rent Control!

December 2nd, 2014 | Posted by admin in Uncategorized - (Comments Off)

Sick of rip-off rents and unjust evictions? The Scottish government is drafting a new bill on renting and we want to make sure tenants voices are heard. We have collected thousands of consultation responses from all across Scotland and will be delivering them to the Scottish Parliament, but we want to make a scene that …
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Rents charged by landlords could be capped following review

October 21st, 2014 | Posted by admin in News - (Comments Off)

People in Scotland are being asked for their views on proposals for a major reform of the Private Rented Sector, which could see an end to unjust evictions, and even steps toward rent controls. It is easy to find examples of how unjust this current system is. A family caring for elderly relatives, one with …
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Criminal landlord to be banned this month!

October 13th, 2014 | Posted by admin in News - (Comments Off)

We have been checking in regularly on Edinburgh’s most notorious criminal landlord, Mark Fortune, and have an update from the Council on the current legal situation. It seems that Fortune’s appeal will fail this month, and he will finally be banned. Many of you will know that EPTAG was created by tenants of his, and …
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Tenants win back pre-2012 letting agency fees!

February 19th, 2014 | Posted by admin in Uncategorized - (Comments Off)

Tenants in Aberdeen have successfully won a small claims action for a refund of letting agency fees charged before the Scottish Government issued a clarification of the law against such fees in 2012.  This decision is a very positive sign, and is likely to empower more tenants to take their letting agencies to court. The …
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UN reporter urges government to increase regulation of private rented housing

February 13th, 2014 | Posted by admin in Uncategorized - (Comments Off)

A UN Special Rapporteur who visited the UK in 2013 to assess whether residents have access to adequate housing has described conditions in the private rented sector as a “housing crisis”. Although the UK Government invited planning expert Raquel Rolnik to carry out the research, Ministers have since dismissed her report as a “misleading Marxist …
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Planting ACORNs

January 5th, 2014 | Posted by admin in News - (Comments Off)

At our recent general meeting EPTAG agreed not only to assist in the create of a Scotland-wide private tenant’s organisation, Private Tenants Scotland, but also to join with ACORN Scotland, a broader community organisation based on principles similar to our own. As private tenants we face many issues, not all of which are exclusive to …
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EPTAG demands action against criminal landlords!

December 17th, 2013 | Posted by admin in Uncategorized - (Comments Off)

Over the last couple of months, dozens of tenants who are being exploited by criminal landlord Mark Fortune have come to us with their concerns and demands for action. As part of our campaign we staged a successful protest on Monday 16th December to highlight Edinburgh City Council’s lack of action against criminal landlords. Tenants …
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Is renting becoming unaffordable in Edinburgh?

December 13th, 2013 | Posted by admin in Uncategorized - (Comments Off)

In the Edinburgh Evening News today there is an article, featuring comments from EPTAG, about how renting privately in Edinburgh is becoming unaffordable for many people.