Direct action gets the goods! Victory in less than a week for newly reformed Glasgow
Glasgow Solidarity Network has demonstrated how direct action gets the goods with a successful conclusion to its first fight.* Two members of the Glasgow Anarchist Federation and their flatmate discovered that it is illegal in Scotland for letting agents to charge tenants fees apart from rent and deposits.* Their letting agent, Martin & Co, had charged the three of them them a substantial £250 “check-in” fee before they had even paid their deposit.* They first submitted an official complaint but received only the receipt listing the fees they had paid as a reply.* Shelter advised them that they could go to the small claims court, but the court fee would have been £65 with no guarantee of a win!* So instead, on 3rd February, they and 15 friends from the Glasgow Solidarity Network delivered a letter in person to the head of the Martin & Co West End office (to the amusement of other staff) giving the company two weeks to return the money.* They left quickly, took a picture outside for posterity, and dispersed, some to the pub.* The manager must have called the police, because two officers came by the flat on Saturday to have a friendly chat, but thanks to helpful information from the Scottish Activist Legal Project, Solidarity Network members know their rights, and the police left without even taking names.* On Tuesday 7th February, just four days later, the tenants received a cheque for the money in full.
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