Tenant participation

Get involved in housing issues

Get involved, have your say and make a difference to your housing services.

Join the City of Edinburgh Council tenants’ panel

Join the tenants’ panel to let us know your views and help check and improve housing standards and services.

Join the tenants' panel

We invite you to take part in different ways. We may ask you to

  • fill in a survey
  • join a discussion
  • go on an estate walkabout
  • go to a conference.

It’s up to you how little or how much you take part. Any tenant and their family members, 16 plus and living with them, can join.

You can join the Scottish Housing Regulator’s National Tenants' Panel to provide feedback on landlord services at a national level.

Set up a tenants' group

Join your local tenants' group to help improve housing services. Set up a group if there isn't a group in your area - Edinburgh Tenants’ Federation can help.

Tenants' groups with Council tenants can register with us as a Registered Tenants Organisation (RTO). RTOs have a legal right to be informed about and consulted on changes to housing management and services.

RTOs can join their regional tenant network to communicate with the Scottish Government. For Edinburgh tenants, the regional tenant network is BEEM (Borders, Edinburgh, East Lothian and Midlothian).

We provide small grants to help with the costs of running a tenants group. You can apply if your group involves tenants in Edinburgh Council and operates in Edinburgh. 

Download tenants' association grant funding application pack (PDFs)

In your neighbourhood

You can 

  • take part in one of Edinburgh's 12 Neighbourhood Partnerships and help improve services for communities in your neighbourhood
  • join your local community council. They develop local community plans, comment on planning applications and organise campaigns and events.

‘Invest to Save’ rent consultation and rent strategy 2016/17 to 2020/21

Every year we consult tenants on how we should spend their rent. The outcome of the consultation informs the annual housing service budget and rent levels.

The Invest to Save consultation ran between 19 October and 30 November 2015, asking how we could help reduce tenants’ living costs by investing and delivering housing differently.

There is strong support for a new approach of prioritising investment to support you to save money. More than three quarters of tenants who responded to the consultation said their top priorities are

  • building new homes
  • improving energy efficiency of homes
  • offering cheaper energy.

Taking this into account, our budget strategy aims to expand our house building programme to 8,000 homes over the next 10 years.The budget includes delivering energy efficiency improvements to existing homes, including 3,500 new heating systems and improved insulation in 3,700 homes over the next five years.

Council tenant interested in joining the tenants’ panel can contact us on either

0131 529 7545
0131 529 7805.

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