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The Edinburgh Private Tenants Action Group has been formed by community activists and concerned Edinburgh residents to stop the growing incidence of abuses carried out by landlords and letting agents against their tenants e.g. withholding deposits, threatening behaviour, neglect and refusal to carry out repairs, etc...

EPTAG is campaigning for better enforcement of legislation already in place to protect tenants. Regular organising meetings are held and all are welcome.

Afffiliated to the Edinburgh Tenants Federation and Scottish Tenants Organisation.

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Tenants win back pre-2012 letting agency fees!

Tenants in Aberdeen have successfully won a small claims action for a refund of letting agency fees charged before the Scottish Government issued a clarification of the law against such fees in 2012.  This decision is a very positive sign, and is likely to empower more tenants to take their letting agencies to court.

UN reporter urges government to increase regulation of private rented housing

A UN Special Rapporteur who visited the UK in 2013 to assess whether residents have access to adequate housing has described conditions in the private rented sector as a “housing crisis”.

Planting ACORNs

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.

EPTAG demands action against criminal landlords!

Over the last couple of months, dozens of tenants who are being exploited by criminal landlord Mark Fortune have come to us with their concerns and demands for action. As part of our campaign we staged a successful protest on Monday 16th December to highlight Edinburgh City Council’s lack of action against criminal landlords.

Is renting becoming unaffordable in Edinburgh?

In the Edinburgh Evening News today there is an article, featuring comments from EPTAG, about how renting privately in Edinburgh is becoming unaffordable for many people.

Mark Fortune Update: Edinburgh’s Worst Landlord Still In Business After Council Ban

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.

Report from our second AGM:inspiration from the past and optimism for the future

A soggy Sunday afternoon saw Edinburgh Private Tenants Action Group’s second annual general meeting, which took place at the Macdonald Road library in Leith. The AGM was kicked off by an inspiring video message from Wade Rathke, chief organiser for Acorn International, which EPTAG is affiliated to.

First action in Glasgow

Today’s action marks another important milestone on EPTAG’s long-term journey to improve private tenancy rights in Scotland. In the first move to reach out to other cities in Scotland EPTAG members and local private tenants met up today to kick-off a campaign against a letting agency in Glasgow.

Protest against Dunpark Letting Agency on 19th November

EPTAG is staging a protest against Dunpark Letting Agency to support student Rosie K to claim back her illegally charged fees. Although she was issued a decree by the Small Claims Court Dunpark Letting Agency refuses to pay up.

Is the new tenancy deposit scheme working?

Has the new Tenancy Deposit Scheme really improved things for tenants? One of our  members shares his negative experiences. I was moving to Scotland from the United States with my wife and child in August 2012 and I was facing a few different challenges. However housing turned out to be the most difficult one.