GENERATION RENT campaigns for professionally managed, secure, decent and affordable private rented homes in sustainable communities.

Join us today and help campaign for a better deal for private renters.

How we help

  • hwh-1.pngCall for changes in legislation, strategies, policies and practices to make private housing a better place to live

  • hwh-2.pngStrengthen the voice of private tenants by developing a national network of private renters and local private renters’ groups
  • hwh-3.pngEncourage private renters to set up local groups in their own areas
  • hwh-4.pngWork with affiliates towards achieving the aims of Generation Rent
  • commented 2014-11-24 16:31:44 +0000 · Flag
    Rent prices are utterly scandalous – people get stuck in situations where their rent accounts for such a high proportion of their wages that they may never earn enough to save for a deposit on a house. The other part of the problem of course is this drive to own a home. In some countries (Germany I think?) the proportion of people who rent their homes much higher and people are prepared to think of themselves as long-term or even lifetime renters. This means a) they’re less likely to put up with scandalous behaviour on the part of landlords and b) the industry is better regulated and there is a better supply/demand balance.

    Rents need to come down and the industry needs to become fairer and better regulated. Maybe then people wouldn’t see renting as ‘a situation to put up with’ until you can afford a deposit or you have to move to another part of the country.
  • commented 2014-11-21 09:59:53 +0000 · Flag
    We run a private rented sector housing model – and have done so for 17 years – we don’t charge tenants any admin charges, we help them fill in Housing Benefit, we allow them to decorate, only have clear annual rent rises and yes you can have a hamster! Our tenants love it here and many have stayed for over 10 years! Watch out for UNO Homes – coming your way!
  • commented 2014-11-20 19:49:01 +0000 · Flag
    Cherelle, is it really illegal? If so, how can we challenge this? I will speak to my tenancy group about this as well( Islington) . Please do share on fb & Twitter ( though I personally don’t have Twitter, but digs ( Hackney renter group) almost only use Twitter and are really on the roll with challenging these things.
  • commented 2014-11-20 18:38:12 +0000 · Flag
    I am so glad I found this site. I am a private renter who works in social housing so I know both sides and legalities of tenancies well. What private landlords do is illegal and discriminatory. They are covered in the terms of the tenancy so they should not be able to say no housing benefit, no children, no hamsters…. The list goes on. This is completely illegal and I need someone to take note. If private landlords would accept housing benefit, the burden of the housing crisis on social landlords and councils would be considerably lower. Don’t get me started on tenancy types… If I can help, hold a meeting, use my knowledge appropriately or help in anyway I would like to.
  • commented 2014-11-18 15:48:12 +0000 · Flag
    I agree with Rent T. Proper, independent regulation of landlord and agents is a must in order to ensure that tenants rights are better represented.
  • commented 2014-11-18 15:34:16 +0000 · Flag
    Unfortunately, under the current system there is no one to protect private or social tenants’ rights and act on their behalf. The Housing Ombudsman and similar biased and ineffectual “regulators” should be abolished or at the very least stripped of all taxpayer subsidies, which should be diverted to benefit a genuine pro-renters/tenants association or renters union.

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Renters howl for housing outside Parliament

More than 50 private renters demonstrated last night against the spate of revenge evictions that are taking place against tenants with the temerity to request safe and healthy living conditions. 

Armed with placards, demonstrators descended on Westminster to push MPs to ban eviction of tenants when the House of Commons debates Sarah Teather's Tenancies (Reform) Bill on Friday.

GMB Young London organised the demo, which brought together Renters Rights London, PricedOut, Hackney Digs, Brent Advice for Renters and Generation Rent. MPs Jeremy Corbyn and John McDonnell took time out from the chamber to give us their support.

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One more chance to ban letting fees

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The issue of lettings agent fees is back in parliament next week with an amendment to the Consumer Rights Bill that would make it an offence to charge fees to tenants.

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Don't charge me if I need my bills on paper

Next week in the House of Lords, Peers will debate an amendment to the Consumer Rights Bill that would ensure people have a choice in how they receive their utility bills and bank statements - enabling people to choose paper bills if that's best for them. The amendment, tabled by Conservative Baroness Oppenheim-Barnes, aims to place a duty on suppliers of utilities, including electricity, gas, water, telephone and internet connections.

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Housing costs hitting young workers the hardest

On Saturday our director Alex spoke at the Trade Union Congress's Big Youth Debate, where he outlined the findings of a joint survey of 18-35 year olds that Generation Rent conducted with the TUC. We found that most young renters are living in unaffordable housing, while a third of young mortgage holders are being stretched.

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The full details are below:

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Council crackdown on shanty town

The London Borough of Islington has fined a landlord £280,000 for defying orders to rip down insubstantial housing built without permission in an outbuilding. 

It's good to see a London council getting tough on landlords who flout planning law to the detriment of their tenants. Too often we see local authorities not taking action when there is a breach of planning law, or being thwarted by the four-year dwelling rule which exempts the landlord if the dwelling has been continuously occupied for four years.

Islington Council has shown that you can forcefully take on those who are ignoring planning regulations with the right political will. This is as much an issue of ensuring that tenants live in decent, spacious and well-kept properties as it is simply a planning dispute and Islington has recognised this in the work it is doing in the private rented sector.

And that colossal fine could go towards building some real houses.

Young people hit hardest by the cost of housing

It will come as no surprise to many that the latest research released from Savills shows that under 35s are paying the most per household on housing.

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Renters' power is growing - don’t let Parliament ignore you

The number of renters is growing so fast there will soon be over 100 MPs who represent more renters than home owners.

In research Generation Rent has published today, the number of MPs who have more constituents who rent than own their home has risen from 38 in 2001 (6% of MPs) to 65 in 2011 (10%). If home ownership remains unaffordable and this trend continues, renters will start to outnumber home owners in 104 seats (16%) by 2021. 

This represents a huge increase in political power for renters after a generation of neglect by successive governments. We are calling on MPs to give renters a voice in Westminster by becoming Renter Champions, and we need your help.

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Image: Renter majorities in 2021

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Beyond the bubble

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I'm very pleased to be delivering the MSc Sustainable Urban Development public lecture for Oxford University and the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors on 7th November.

I'll be exploring the failure of the housing market, the threat it poses to the economy and how a secondary, cost price housing market can fix the problem.

Not only is everyone welcome but it's also free to attend. I hoe you will come along and heckle wittily. But please do rsvp to David Howard at david.howard@conted.ox.ac.uk

Many thanks,

 

Alex

A response to Labour's Lyons report on housing

For almost a year Labour has been touting its Lyons Housing Review as the central plank of its offer for the 2015 manifesto. But its publication today, after so much foreplay, has left me disappointingly unsatisfied.

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Evicted for trying to help

Michael James has been living in his flat in Tower Hamlets, East London, for 24 years. The building he lives in is getting on a bit and when he found a loose piece of concrete on the walkway, which could have fallen off and hurt children playing below, he asked his landlord to fix it. When this request fell on deaf ears, he went to the council. 

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(image from ITV London News)

When the landlord found out, Michael received an eviction notice. Tower Hamlets Renters has been helping Michael to fight the eviction and thankfully he is still there.

Last night, ITV London News reported on Michael's case and the new Private Member's Bill in Parliament that could stop these revenge evictions.

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