Victory in less than a week for newly reformed Glasgow Solidarity Network

Victory in less than a week for newly reformed Glasgow Solidarity Network

Collective direct action against a letting agent succeeds in the full refund of an illegal administration fee.

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.

Don’t let letting agents get away with charging illegal fees! Don’t let landlords take advantage of you! Join us!

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doug
Feb 10 2012 11:20

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Caiman del Barrio
Feb 10 2012 14:57

Great news! Congrats!

nastyned
Feb 10 2012 15:57

Exellent work.

plasmatelly
Feb 10 2012 16:14

Woah - that was quick! Well done all!

John E Jacobsen
Feb 15 2012 10:17

Way to go Glasgow! Keep it up!