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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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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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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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.

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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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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