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Mark Fortune Update: Edinburgh’s Worst Landlord Still In Business After Council Ban

December 6th, 2013 | Posted by admin in News - (Comments Off)

Ten months after Edinburgh City Council’s decision to ban Mark Fortune from renting out properties in the city, the millionaire landlord is still in business. Fortune is appealing the council’s decision, and this allows him to continue acting as a landlord until the appeal process has been completed. At the time of writing no date …
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A soggy Sunday afternoon saw Edinburgh Private Tenants Action Group’s second annual general meeting, which took place at the Macdonald Road library in Leith.

Is the new tenancy deposit scheme working?

November 6th, 2013 | Posted by admin in News - (Comments Off)

Has the new Tenancy Deposit Scheme really improved things for tenants? One of our  members shares his negative experiences.

Criminal landlord condemned by new blog

September 14th, 2013 | Posted by admin in News - (Comments Off)

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 …
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Landmark tenancy deposit victory!

September 12th, 2013 | Posted by admin in News - (Comments Off)

In a landmark decision, an Edinburgh Landlord has been ordered to pay three times the value of the deposit to his tenants, for a violation of the new Tenancy Deposit Scheme.

How I got my illegal letting agency fees back!

July 12th, 2013 | Posted by admin in Uncategorized - (Comments Off)

Russ Jones from Abbeyhill, explains how, with the help of EPTAG, he successfully got his illegal letting agency fees back.  After seeing an article in the Edinburgh Evening News in late 2012 about EPTAG holding a demonstration outside the offices of a letting agent, I decided to check out their website to find out more. …
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Support Scotmid tenants to reclaim their illegal fees!

June 27th, 2013 | Posted by admin in Protest - (Comments Off)

Scotmid tenants are holding a demonstration to claim back their illegally charged fees outside the Rettie offices in Edinburgh, on Saturday the 6th of July, 11:30am. They need your support! With the support of EPTAG, more than a dozen tenants are making a group claim to Rettie – the agency acting on behalf of Scotmid …
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Home to Stay: Public Meeting, Thurs 13th June

June 5th, 2013 | Posted by admin in Event - (Comments Off)

As Private Tenants, we want to feel secure in our homes, and not be forced out without good reason. Currently, we can be given ‘notice to quit’ even if we have been living in the property for a long time, paid our rent on time, and generally been a good tenant. This leaves many of …
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Home to Stay

May 28th, 2013 | Posted by admin in News - (Comments Off)

If you’ve seen our Facebook page recently, you might have noticed that EPTAG has launched a new campaign called Home To Stay. We’re calling on the Scottish Government to abolish the short assured tenancy, which forces thousands of households to live under constant threat of eviction.

Following our protest Albany lettings paid up!

March 22nd, 2013 | Posted by admin in News - (Comments Off)

Kerstin’s account of how, with the help of EPTAG, she got Albany Lettings to pay what they owe!  When I moved into a new flat in July 2010, I was charged a £65 “referencing fee” by Albany Lettings. However, I then found out through EPTAG that these tenancy fees are illegal, and so I started …
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