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The Right to Stay!

March 18th, 2013 | Posted by admin in Event - (Comments Off)

Private tenants and supporters! Our next meeting is to plan our new campaign to get tenants better security of tenure, and we need your help to make it a success! At the moment security of tenure in the private rented sector is very poor, and many tenants don’t feel secure enough to even complain about …
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Albany Lettings – pay what you owe!

March 4th, 2013 | Posted by admin in Event - (Comments Off)

Please help us support a tenant claiming their illegally charged fees back! Kerstin recently obtained a decree from the court against Albany Lettings saying they have to pay back illegally charged fees, but they are refusing to pay up, so we are organising a protest at their office to help Kerstin get the money she is owed! Help …
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Another victory for Edinburgh private tenants as criminal landlord banned

February 25th, 2013 | Posted by admin in News - (Comments Off)

Edinburgh City Council recently ruled that millionaire businessman Mark Fortune be removed from the city’s licensing register as unfit to operate as a landlord.  It is the first time that the council has refused a landlord application. It is now illegal for this individual to let out properties and charge rents.  The story is covered …
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Tackling fuel poverty

February 20th, 2013 | Posted by admin in Uncategorized - (Comments Off)

EPTAG attended the Edinburgh Tenants Federation protest against fuel poverty on February 15th. Around fifty people were there, including lots of private tenants. There was a samba band, ‘Rhythms of Resistance‘ which gave the protest a great atmosphere. 2000 Scots die every year from fuel poverty, largely older people and low income people. Private tenants …
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Has the ban on letting agent fees really pushed up rent?

January 25th, 2013 | Posted by admin in Uncategorized - (Comments Off)

Last week EPTAG received a request for someone to speak to a journalist about the rising costs of renting.  I suspect they wanted us to tell them that rent is increasing, which is a hardship for our members.  I gave them a quote, which you can read in the article here. There’s no doubt that …
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Statistics on fuel poverty make for bleak reading. 28% of homes in Scotland are considered to be in fuel poverty which means they spend over 10% of their income on energy bills. Scottish Government housing condition research states that private tenants are the most likely sector of society to experience “extreme fuel poverty” (defined as …
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Rip-off letting agency shut down for the day by protest!

October 11th, 2012 | Posted by admin in Uncategorized - (Comments Off)

On October 2nd, protesters from Edinburgh Private Tenants’ Action Group shut down a letting agency which is still demanding illegal fees from its tenants, despite the Scottish Government confirming that charging such fees is a crime. A dozen EPTAG ‘sheriffs’ arrived at the offices of the Edinburgh Spaces letting agency to investigate reports of a …
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Please join us for our first AGM!

September 29th, 2012 | Posted by admin in Uncategorized - (Comments Off)

Fed up with rising rents, dodgy landlords, and repairs not getting done? This year EPTAG has had many victories, and we hope to have a year of many more – but we need your support. Help us to stand up for tenants rights, by coming along to our AGM, and having your say on the direction of EPTAG in …
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Take action against illegal letting agency fees!

September 25th, 2012 | Posted by admin in News - (Comments Off)

Following our recent protest against the letting agency DJ Alexander, they have given in and stopped charging illegal fees! Inspired by this victory, we are having a protest against another rip-off agency in Edinburgh. We will be setting up a ‘crime scene’ outside the letting agency Edinburgh Spaces on Tuesday 2nd October, at 12pm, as …
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Tenancy fees defeated – EPTAG declares victory!

August 26th, 2012 | Posted by admin in Uncategorized - (Comments Off)

After a successful campaign by Edinburgh Private Tenants Group the Scottish Government has agreed to clarify that all tenancy fees are illegal. These fees, often totalling several hundred pounds, come in many guises, often called “referencing fees”, “admin fees” or “cleaning fees”.  All of these have been illegal for many years however when EPTAG surveyed …
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