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 2014-12-17 12:48:29 +0000 · Flag
    Misrepresentation of lettings. Agents that find tenants for landlords they are not contracted to manage the rental for, not disclosing this beforehand, then shirking responsibility when the landlord when repair issues crop up or issues with the rental. You sign with a ‘reputable’ letting agency only to find they are a front for a less than desirable landlord!
  • followed this page 2014-12-15 11:22:34 +0000
  • commented 2014-11-24 16:31:44 +0000
    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
    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
    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
    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.

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Amazing job opportunity at the National CLT Network

We want to tell you about an amazing job opportunity for a Programme Manager that has just come up over at our friends, the National Community Land Trust Network. 

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House prices remain as high as ever

Today the ONS released its latest House Price Index, showing UK house price inflation to the end of October 2014. Really, not much has changed. Whilst inflation has slowed a miniscule amount, falling from 12.1% in the year to September to 10.4% in the year to October, this is still a worryingly high figure for those struggling to buy their first home. Indeed, once seasonal adjustments have been taken into account, inflation has actually risen by 0.1%.

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A new tool that makes housesharing that little more bearable

Our friends at Splittable have launched a new free tool for renters – CEO Nick Katz explains

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It's December...Rising Rents & Increased Homeless

Rising Rents & Increased Homelessness

Today there have been a range of statistics released on the private rented sector, mortgage lending and homelessness which confirm a fairly gloomy picture for those stuck privately renting.

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Controlling rents: A response to the private renting affordability crisis

Today Generation Rent has published a proposal for a flexible rent control policy, aimed first at London but applicable to anywhere where the rent is too high. Diane Abbott MP has kindly written the foreword.

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Stamp Duty reform, but nothing for renters

George Osborne's final Autumn Statement before the General Election has been trailed across the media since Sunday, including announcements about housebuilding as part of the National Infrastructure Plan. A lot of this - including the garden city in Bicester - is fairly old news, but it's interesting that the government is planning to get directly involved in building houses - 10,000 of them just outside Cambridge.

The Treasury might want to use this as an opportunity to try out Generation Rent's proposed model of a bubble-free housing market - we estimate that it would cost £1bn to build 10,000 homes, sell them at little over cost-price and plough the proceeds into another 10,000 home project. Those new houses would be shielded from any above-inflation price rises.

When it came to the Statement itself, earlier this afternoon, Osborne had very little to offer those who want cheaper housing. His big announcement, which is bound to dominate tomorrow's front pages, was the reform of stamp duty

 

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ONS: costs for renters keep rising

The ONS has today released its Family Spending statistics up to the end of 2013. These show that families’ weekly expenditure has begun to increase, following a steady decline since 2006, although levels of spending still remain lower than those of 2006 once inflation has been taken into account. The decrease was due to families cutting back on non-essential items following the recession. This increase can be attributed to rising housing and transport costs, forcing families to find money to cover their basic needs.

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Immigration checks: a pointless tax on tenants

New checks to prevent undocumented immigrants from renting homes risk come into force in parts of the West Midlands today. Under the Immigration Act 2014, landlords are required to check the immigration status of all prospective tenants.

This is an awful policy that will cost renters and benefit no one:

  • With no government funding for this, added administration costs may simply be passed on to renters through extra letting agent fees or higher rents.
  • Far from preventing undocumented immigrants from finding a home, the policy will see already vulnerable tenants forced into illegal tenancies and poor housing conditions.
  • The checks also put more than 1m families at risk of being discriminated against by landlords and letting agents.
  • It will exacerbate problems already faced by many international workers and students with paperwork complications, especially in flatshare situations. This could also have the unintended effect of discrimination in choosing housemates for flatshares
  • This in no way targets rogue landlords as the Home Office claims, but targets both migrants and undocumented UK citizens while increasing the xenophobia that is already on the rise and reducing community cohesion. 

 

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Tenancies (Reform) Bill talked out

Five hours is a long time in politics. But not too long if you deliberately want to block a measure that would benefit millions of private renters.

Earlier today, despite overwhelming support from MPs in all parties, the Tenancies (Reform) Bill was not voted on after backbench Conservative MPs (and landlords) Philip Davies and Christopher Chope spoke for hours ad nauseum to stop its passage.

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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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