EHAP News

Recent news articles include:

  • 2016-08-02T00:00:00

    2 August, 2016

    Security of Tenure in the Private Rented Sector

    The Private Rented Sector provides an important element of Edinburgh's housing mix, but tenants often experience issues of security of tenure, disrepair and poor management standards. EHAP works to address these issues, and one of the key ways we do this is through our Notice to Quit checking sessions. Read on for more ...

  • 31 July, 2016

    Preventing Homelessness: EHAP's Court Work

    EHAP provides a multi-faceted homelessness prevention service, but one key aspect of what we do … right at the sharp end … is the representation work we do every week at Edinburgh Sheriff Court, Defending those at risk of losing their homes because of rent or mortgage arrears.

  • 27 June, 2016

    Frequently Asked Questions

    We've answered some of your most frequently asked questions. If you require more information, do not hesitate to contact us on 0845 302 4607 or complete an online referral.

  • 1 June, 2016

    Agnes Hunter Trust Cancel Plans to Sell Properties at Lorne Street

    Our Deputy Service Manager comments on the Agnes Hunters Trust decision to sell properties at Lorne Street

  • 19 March, 2016

    Housing Benefit Changes: Don't Delay ... Claim Today!

    Important changes to Housing Benefit come into effect on 1 April 2016, and anyone making a claim should try to get it submitted before then. Read on for details ...

  • 7 March, 2016

    EHAP Responds to SCJC Consultation on 'Simple Procedure' Rules

    Read our views on the draft Rules for the new 'Simple Procedure', which will replace the existing Small Claim and Summary Cause procedures for claims of money up to £5,000 in value.

  • 2 March, 2016

    Bethany Christian Trust - Blog

    An insight into the services which look to support the homeless at Care Shelters

  • 16 February, 2016

    Housing Advice ... where you need it ... when you need it!

    We've updated and re-printed our main service leaflet, which can be downloaded from here ...

  • 6 January, 2016

    New Time for Notice to Quit Drop-In Session

    Rescheduled times for NTQ

  • 10 May, 2015

    EHAP Responds to 2nd Consultation on New PRS Tenancy

    Following the previous Consultation on a New Model Tenancy for the Private Rented Sector, EHAP has responded again to the revised proposals

  • 26 December, 2014

    A New Model Private Rented Sector Tenancy

    EHAP responds to the Scottish Government's consultation on modernising tenancies in the Private Rented Sector

  • 13 October, 2014

    Changeworks joins EHAP

    The environmental charity, Changeworks, joins EHAP to add its energy efficiency and fuel poverty advice expertise to our service mix.

  • 21 September, 2014

    EHAP at Sheriff Court 'Doors Open' Day

    EHAP will again be exhibiting as part of Edinburgh Sheriff Court's 'Doors Open' Day on Saturday 27 September

  • 5 January, 2014

    New Year's Resolution: Get Advice!

    Weathering the Financial Storm

  • 1 April, 2013

    Welfare Reform Rolls On

    Latest changes to Welfare System Arrive

  • 9 October, 2012

    Winning Bid Delivers More Help for Homeowners

    The employment of 3 full time Money Advisers to deliver Money Advice and Lay-Representation to homeowners in mortgage arrears in Edinburgh and Midlothian is being funded by the Scottish Legal Aid Board grant funding programme.

  • 8 August, 2012

    Controversial £500 'Check out' Charges

    Exposed: charging of illegal premiums by letting agents. The Edinburgh Evening News publishes a story suggesting at least one Edinburgh letting agent may be trying to get around new Scottish Government legislation aimed at protecting tenants.

  • 31 July, 2012

    Eviction is Last Resort

    From 1st August new legislation comes into force to provide additional protection to tenants of social landlords in rents arrears.

  • 25 July, 2012

    City Hostel Residents Refuse to Go

    Residents of a city-centre hostel are staging a sit-in after being given only 24 hours to leave the premises. Can they save their home? The protest has drawn media attention to their plight and highlighted the risks involved in setting up home in a tourist hostel.

  • 24 July, 2012

    Home Savings for South West

    An estimated 23% of Edinburgh households experience some level of fuel poverty. Tortured by tariffs or bewildered by benefits? Operated by EHAP partner CHAI a new income maximisation and energy efficiency service is free and could save you money.

  • 18 July, 2012

    EHAP Website Survey

    Please help us make improvements to this site by completing a very short web survey.

  • 17 July, 2012

    www.ehap.org.uk 3 Years Old Today

    Exciting stats and an upcoming survey! A brief look at how we're doing and what's next for www.ehap.org.uk as we celebrate our 3rd birthday.

  • 10 July, 2012

    Moving towards a Strategy for the Private Rented Sector

    EHAP responds to the Scottish Government's Consultation on a Strategy for the Scottish Private Rented Sector

  • 30 May, 2012

    Charging 'Premiums' in the PRS

    EHAP responds to the Scottish Government's Consultation Paper on Premiums in the Private Rented Sector

  • 30 April, 2012

    EHAP Responds to Affordable Rented Housing Consultation

    EHAP has responded to the Scottish Government's Consultation on 'Affordable Rented Housing: Creating Flexibility for Landlords and Better Outcomes for Communities'

  • 5 January, 2012

    Welcome into 2012

    EHAP is back after the festive break and looking ahead to the New Year

  • 11 October, 2011

    Changes to Local Housing Allowance from January 2012

    From 1 January 2012, the 'shared accommodation rate' of Local Housing Housing Allowance will be extended to cover most single private sector Housing Benefit claimants under the age of 35 years. Read more about it here ...

  • 10 October, 2011

    Scottish Ministers to Consult on Housing Support Assessment Duty

    Provisions of the Housing (Scotland) Act 2010 come into force, enabling the Scottish Government to consult on a new duty for local authorities to carry out Housing Support assessments in homelessness applications

  • 6 October, 2011

    EHAP at Edinburgh Tenants Conference

    EHAP provide Information & Advice Stall at Tenants Conference: Saturday 8 October 2011

  • 6 July, 2011

    New Protections for Private Tenants

    If you are renting in the private sector there are new protections being introduced to ensure your landlord is a 'fit and proper' person.

  • 5 July, 2011

    EHAP Responds to Council Consultation on Homelessness Commissioning Strategy

    EHAP submits its response to the City of Edinburgh Council's Consultation Plan for Advice, Support and Accommodation Services to Prevent Homelessness. Read our views here.

  • 4 March, 2011

    Celebrating Quality Housing Advice in Edinburgh

    An awards ceremony marks EHAP accreditation to the Scottish Government's good practice guidelines for advice agencies.

  • 19 January, 2011

    Polish Homelessness Information

    Help and advice for people of Polish nationality experiencing homelessness in Edinburgh.

  • 13 December, 2010

    Evictions...and how to prevent them

    EHAP welcomes a positive report on trends in Scotland around eviction actions and takes a look at work currently being undertaken in Edinburgh.

  • 7 December, 2010

    Link to EHAP on Twitter and Facebook

    Access the EHAP twitter feed and our Facebook page here...

  • 5 August, 2010

    Landlord Registration Awareness Campaign

    City of Edinburgh Council is currently undertaking a publicity campaign to raise awareness of Landlord Registration. Don't know what it is or never heard of it? Read our quick guide to find out more.

  • 1 June, 2010

    National Housing Policy Debate

    On 24th May Scottish Ministers announced the launch of "Housing: Fresh Thinking, New Ideas", a national discussion on housing priorities. Contributions are being welcomed from the public via a new discussion website.

  • 28 May, 2010

    EHAP responds to Eviction Consultation

    The Scottish Government consultation on 'Eviction of Tenants in the Social Rented Sector: Protection of Tenants with Rent Arrears' ended today. Read the full consultation paper and EHAP's response here.

  • 30 April, 2010

    Launch announces innovative partnership approach to homelessness prevention

    Key partners EHAP, Cyrenians HPS, City of Edinburgh Council SW Neighbourhood Office, Prospect Community Housing and Dunedin Canmore Housing Association gathered at Wester Hailes Library on 29th April to launch the new initiative.

  • 16 April, 2010

    New Help for Tenants in Rent Arrears

    Edinburgh Housing Advice Partnership (EHAP) and Cyrenians Homelessness Prevention Service have joined forces with local Social Landlords in the South West of the City to offer a new service aimed at helping tenants who are struggling with rent payments.

  • 6 April, 2010

    New Tenancy Sustainment Initiative in Oxgangs and Gilmerton

    PRESS RELEASE Dunedin Canmore housing association has teamed up with CHAI (Community Help and Advice Initiative) to run a specialized tenancy support service for Edinburgh communities.

  • 1 April, 2010

    Housing Guide for People Leaving the Armed Forces

    Available on-line, a new guide to housing options for people leaving the armed forces, and ex-armed services personnel, was published by the Scottish Government last week. View the guide and other essential information here.

  • 22 February, 2010

    Housing Advice Event at Cameron Toll Shopping Centre

    On the 11th, 12th and 13th March EHAP advsiors will be available to answer your questions from a special mobile office at Cameron Toll. Come and find us on board the Get On information unit in the shopping centre car park. No appointment necessary.

  • 14 January, 2010

    Proposed Reform to the ‘Right to Buy’ for New Tenants

    The Scottish Government has published a new Housing Bill, which among other proposals, intends to introduce a restriction on the rights of new social rented sector tenants to buy their home from their social landlord.

  • 12 January, 2010

    NEW Monthly Saturday Surgery

    Starting on 6th March an EHAP surgery is now available on the first Saturday of every month at Edinburgh Central Library on George IV Bridge. Phone 0845 302 4607 to book an appointment slot.

  • 8 January, 2010

    Housing Advice Strategy Launch

    The launch of a new Housing Advice Strategy for Edinburgh took place on 21st December 2009 at a special event at the City Chambers. David Gardner, Project Executive of CHAI, EHAP's lead partner, was asked to speak at the event. Select this news item to find out more and link to the Strategy itself.

  • 3 December, 2009

    Section 11 of the Homelessness (etc) Scotland Act 2003

    A rough guide for owner-occupiers, tenants, landlords and creditors - your questions answered.

  • 1 December, 2009

    Spotlight on: Homeworks

    Homeworks is a City of Edinburgh Council service for Edinburgh homeowners. Read on for more information and watch this slot for regular features on local housing related services which we think will be of interest to Edinburgh residents.

  • 28 September, 2009

    Protecting Rent Deposits

    A national scheme for safeguarding rent deposits is to be introduced in Scotland, Housing and Communities Minister Alex Neil announced last week.

  • 3 September, 2009

    Looking for household tips to beat the credit crunch? Borrow a free electricity monitor meter to see how much you could save.

    Learn more about your daily electricity usage with a Current Cost meter. Just making a few small changes within your home could help you save money. Read on to find out how to take advantage of this offer from Edinburgh City Libraries.

  • 19 August, 2009

    Home Owners in Financial Difficulties: Help is Available

    In Scotland there are now four sources of assistance available to home owners in financial difficulties and in danger of having their homes repossessed. Here, we talk you through the schemes available and provide an overview of the eligibility criteria.

  • 27 July, 2009

    Legal Aid in Mortgage Rights and Repossession Cases - Are you eligible?

    Homeowners, even those in full time employment, might be surprised to learn that free or substantially subsidised legal assistance is currently granted to over 80% of applicants in mortgage rights and repossession cases according to statistics from the Scottish Legal Aid Board. Find out how to check your eligibility and get access to imparital housing advice now...

  • 10 July, 2009

    Cyrenians Homelessness Prevention Service

    HPS provides one-to-one help and support to people who are at risk of losing their home to prevent them from becoming homeless.

  • 9 July, 2009

    Launch of the Orchard and Shipman Letfirst Shop

    Orchard & Shipman Letfirst is an assisted private rented scheme designed to encourage and assist people who are having difficulty finding good quality, affordable, accommodation. The scheme, which aims to provide access to private rented properties for up to 300 households in the next year as part of the City of Edinburgh Council's Strategy on tackling homelessness, opened its first Letfirst shop in Morrison Street on Thursday 9th July.

  • 8 July, 2009

    The EHAP website goes live

    The Edinburgh Housing Advice Partnership website went live on the 17th July 2009. The aim of the website is to communicate information about the EHAP service to individuals across Edinburgh in order to raise awareness of the work we do. It is also hoped that having an online presence will provide an alternative route to access the services of a housing adviser for those who are at work during the day and therefore unable to contact the central appointments line.

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