The Student Representative Council (SRC) at Glasgow University have launched a campaign to fight illegal fees charged by letting agencies and landlords. Many fees imposed by landlords such as ‘holding fees’, credit checks and inventory checks are unlawful under section 82 of the Rent (Scotland) Act 1984.
The letter below was sent to all students at the University but is equally applicable to all those in the private rented sector who are being robbed blind by landlords and their agents - over and above the disgusting rehnts they charge us just to keep a roof over our heads.
We welcome this initiative by the students, and want to see much more tenant organising in this area. See a recent successful example of direct action in this area here and contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you want to get involved.
Glasgow University SRC mailout:
Illegal Letting Agency Fees
The SRC is launching a campaign to fight the illegal fees charged by letting agencies and landlords. Many fees imposed by landlords such as ‘holding fees’, credit checks and inventory checks fall under the category of illegal premiums and are unlawful under section 82 of the Rent (Scotland) Act 1984.
The Scottish Government has recently opened a consultation on premiums in the private rented sector and this is a chance to encourage clearer understanding of the legislation and to ensure it’s more easily enforced.The SRC has submitted a response stating clearly that we think these fees should remain illegal which can be found athttp://www.glasgowstudent.net/events/currentcampaigns/ . We encourage anyone who has the time to submit individual response, these responses will have to be in by the 28th of May. Shelter Scotland have drafted up a template response you can sign and return if you don’t have the time to complete your own. You can complete and return the Shelter template response by following the simple steps outlined on their site here -http://www.reclaimyourfees.com/have-your-say-on-unlawful-letting-agent-charges/ . If you are responding to the consultation and want any advice please contact Amy Johnson at email@example.com either way we would love you to share your responses with us.
For more information on the issue generally please follow the link below.
Additionally if you think you have been charged illegal premiums and wish to claim them back information and advice is available from the SRC advice centre and from this sitehttp://www.reclaimyourfees.com/