Since EPTAG was first set up, we have been campaigning against bad landlords and letting agencies in the Edinburgh area, by using diverse tactics from lobbying to protesting.
Following our campaign against criminal landlords, two landlords have been banned in Edinburgh, including the notorious Mark Fortune. One letting agency which was illegally charging its tenants, was shut down for the day by one of our protests. We also successfully campaigned for the law to be clarified so that illegal charges like these are stopped.
If you are having bad experiences with your landlord or letting agency, contact one of the advice agencies that we list here to get some support and advice.
There is a mandatory landlord registration scheme in Scotland, which aims to get rid of bad landlords. It is always a good idea to check to see if your landlord is registered. If they are not, you should report them to the council since it is a criminal offence, with a fine of up to £50,000 for not being registered.
It is also worth checking if your deposit is held in a protected scheme, if it is not, this is a crime, and should also be reported to the council.
EPTAG are a group of private tenants who have come together to stop bad landlords and letting agencies, and we need your support to do this. If you would like to help us get in touch and come along to one of our meetings!