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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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.

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. 

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.

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.

In an article on STV Edinburgh, Maggie Chapman, the Green Councillor for Leith Walk Ward and the Green housing spokesperson – explained why she is backing an Edinburgh Private Tenants Action Group’s campaign for tougher enforcement against criminal landlords. Read the full article here.

Campaigners take action against criminal landlords

December 12th, 2011 | Posted by admin in News - (Comments Off)

Community activists in Edinburgh have launched a campaign today to lobby the City of Edinburgh Council for the effective enforcement of legislation against criminal landlords. Research by Edinburgh Private Tenants Action Group (EPTAG) has found that no landlord has ever been struck off the landlord register, despite some landlords committing criminal offences against their tenants. …
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