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MSP Backs Edinburgh Private Tenants

July 31st, 2012 | Posted by admin in Uncategorized - (Comments Off)

My Edinburgh Central constituency is only three miles across, but the best guess from the Scottish Government’s statisticians is that as many as 30,000 people live in it in households where they pay rent to a private landlord. A great many are young, such as those drawn to the city by work opportunities but unable …
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Letting agency fails to silence fees protest

July 20th, 2012 | Posted by admin in News - (Comments Off)

More than 20 tenants picketed the DJ Alexander letting agency on Dundas Street today, as a protest against the charging of illegal fees. In a comical move, the agency hired workers to grind paving slabs and pressure hose pavements in a failed attempt to disrupt the protest.

Join us and take action against illegal letting agency fees!

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

Edinburgh private tenants are demanding letting agencies stop breaking the law, and will be setting up a ‘crime scene’ outside a well known letting agency on Friday 20th of July, meeting at 11.30am, as a protest against illegal fees and charges. Tenants will be dressing up as sheriffs and detectives, to draw attention to the …
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Rogue landlord receives ban

July 9th, 2012 | Posted by admin in News - (Comments Off)

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 …
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Student wins back his deposit

June 27th, 2012 | Posted by admin in News - (Comments Off)

An Edinburgh student had his deposit illegally withheld by his letting agency for five years. However, following advice from EPTAG, he managed to get his money back. 

Rent Control for a Living Rent

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

Rents in the private rented housing market are becoming extortionate, with many tenants falling into ‘rent poverty’. The Government’s response is making the situation worse. What is needed is a way of bringing rents under control, without punishing tenants – what is needed is rent control. 

Renting set to become a ‘way of life’

June 10th, 2012 | Posted by admin in News - (Comments Off)

Rent rises, and lack of access to credit, are trapping an increasing number of young families in the private rented sector, according to a  new report commissioned by Shelter and the Resolution Foundation.

Has your landlord illegally withheld your deposit?

May 4th, 2012 | Posted by admin in Uncategorized - (Comments Off)

One very common issue that tenants in the private rented sector come across is illegal withholding of deposits. The following is our guide explaining what to do, how to prevent it from happening and how to claim it back!

Tenancy fees are illegal: lets keep them that way.

April 18th, 2012 | Posted by admin in News - (Comments Off)

The Scottish Government is clarifying the law on tenancy fees, and has launched its “Consultation on the Charging of Premiums in the Private Rented Sector”. They are currently illegal, however some fees may actually end up being legalised following this consultation, so swift action is needed.

Can You Trust Your Landlord With Your Personal Details?

April 4th, 2012 | Posted by admin in News - (Comments Off)

If you live in rented housing, then there’s a chance that your personal details are being stored and shared without your knowledge. It has recently emerged that landlords have been setting up websites to share records about their previous tenants, effectively giving them the ability to create a blacklist.