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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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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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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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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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. 

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!