Tenant participation

Ways to get involved in housing issues

You can 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. Sign up below.


You would be invited to take part in different ways. You might be asked to fill in a short survey or join a discussion. You could be invited on an estate walkabout or to a conference. It’s entirely 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 could also 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, or set one up if there isn't a group in your area - Edinburgh Tenants’ Federation can help.

Tenants' groups with Council tenants can register with the Council 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 also join their Regional Tenant Network to communicate with the Scottish Government. For Edinburgh tenants, this is BEEM (Borders, Edinburgh, East Lothian and Midlothian).

The Council can 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 the funding application pack below.

In your neighbourhood

You can also

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

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

Every year the Council consults tenants on how their rent should be spent. The outcome of the consultation is used to inform the annual housing service budget and rent levels.

The Invest to Save consultation ran between 19 October and 30 November 2015, asking how the Council could help to 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 would be:

  • Building new homes
  • Improving energy efficiency of homes
  • Offering cheaper energy.

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

If you are a Council tenant and are interested in joining the Tenants’ Panel to have your say on issues affecting Council tenants please contact us on either

0131 529 7545

0131 529 7805.

Visit tenant participation to find out more information.

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