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

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  • 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 2015-06-30 20:04:30 +0100
    I voted for the political party who had pledged to tackle the unfairness relating to tenants who do not get a fair deal from landlords. Sadly, they did not win the election. All that is left is to put pressure on the current government on this issue. I am not holding my breath as they have announced they wish to allow the sell off of social houses.
  • commented 2015-05-27 05:06:15 +0100
    Things appear not to have changed much. At least not for the better. I remember paying exhorbitant rent for a small furnished room with a broken bed. When the little “Baby Belling” cooker in the corner of the single room gave me electric shocks, I was told by the landlord that,“If you don’t like the cooker just don’t use it!” (But then most of his attention was going into maximising profits from his “private hire/mini-cab” business. So what could I expect.)
  • commented 2015-05-13 21:34:26 +0100 · Flag
    Firstly there are many young adults who don’t live at home and simply can’t get the experience they need to start a job so they are stuck with a rubbishly paid apprenticeship wage and 400pm is not enough to live on quite frankly. Not when you need to put food in the cupboards, paying rent as well as maintaining a professional look, ie smart clothing for the job. There isn’t anything that helps the young adults that are really trying to do everything they can to get to that goal of having a job, career and a self contained flat/house for themselves but how are they supposed to afford one when they are on an apprenticeship wage? Some properties starting in the region of 800pm in cities and therefore is not fair on the people who have an apprenticeship and working 40 hours a week for £400pm. It needs to be changed. Some companies hire apprentices cause they are affectly cheaper to hire! Money needs to come up and fast minimum wage needs to come up and living and tax needs to come down. It’s not fair that all the politicians are so wealthy I’d love to see you all living off £400pm and living in a council flat or a room in a house and doing the hours. Maybe there should be a program about it! It’s ridiculous, everyone should be on a wage of £10 an hour regardless of the age of you are if your doing the same job there shouldn’t be any arguments in the wages, give us all a chance to pay less tax, tax the rich more than the poor we are the ones suffering and I think politicians should be taxed twice as much. Your all making money by employing members of the family so you have nothing to worry about your still going to be rich and have someone to drive you around and pick up your dry cleaning.
  • commented 2015-05-11 17:15:01 +0100 · Flag
    What now the Conservatives are back,when will Section 21 a primative law be abolished?
  • commented 2015-05-07 19:10:23 +0100
    I was sorry to read the stories of Paul and Anne. But the answer is simple. Ban private landlords by taxing them so it becomes financially impossible for them to exist, sell all their housing to the existing occupiers, or to local authorities or establishments such as universities where appropriate, and put legislation in place to ensure that they rent in a fair and proper manner. Private landlords are the root of 99% of these issues, whether it’s because they are poor landlords with no sense of responsibility, or whether they are just plain greedy.
  • commented 2015-05-07 12:42:26 +0100
    My daughter and her partner have just learned, without any warning, that their landlord intends to sell the house. This will be the third time in six years they have been forced to move.

    Here is a reply from Alan Duncan MP to my Generation Rent’s “Please stand up for renters by supporting rent control” email:
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    “Rent controls never work – they destroy investment in housing leading to fewer homes to rent and poorer quality accommodation. Last time they were used in the UK they led to a collapse in the size of the private rented sector.

    The only way to have affordable rents is to build more homes. That is why we are investing £400 million in building 10,000 new homes that will be let out below market rent to help people save up for a deposit and buy their own home. We are also able to offer guarantees to housing providers and investors, enabling them to borrow at cheaper rates and build tens of thousands of new homes, including 30,000 new affordable homes through the Affordable Housing Guarantee scheme. Thanks to our long-term economic plan house building is now at its highest level since 2007.

    We want to see a private rented sector that is more transparent, gives greater certainty to hardworking families, especially those with children of school age, and which delivers higher standards and more affordable rents.

    · Rent controls in the UK reduced private rented housing stock. Rent controls resulted in the size of the private rented sector shrinking from 55 per cent of households in 1939 to just 8 per cent in the late 1980s. Rent controls also meant that many landlords could not afford to improve or maintain their homes.

    · The Institute of Economic Affairs has said rent controls will lead to higher rents. They have said that ‘sincerents can alter between tenancies, tenancy rent controls cannot improve affordability for any group other than in the very short term. It is most likely to simply change the timing of rent costs over a tenancy by raising initial rents. Indeed the existence of these [rent] controls may even increase market rents overall’.

    · The OECD says that rent controls push down housing supply. The OECD have made clear that rent controlsreduce the supply of rented housing, saying that ‘easing the relatively strict rent controls and tenant-landlord regulations that are found in some Nordic and continental European countries could significantly increase residential mobility by improving the supply of rental housing and preventing the locking-in of tenants’.

    · Since 2010 average rents in England have fallen in real terms. According to the latest ONS figures, in the period May 2010 to December 2014 average rents in England fell by 1.3 per cent in real terms (Hansard, 2 February 2015, Col. 222996, link).

    · Building more homes to rent. Through the Build to Rent Fund we are providing finance, along with private sector investment, to build new purpose-built privately rented homes. 14 contracts have already been signed which are worth £230 million and will deliver over 3,000 homes to rent. When all agreements are finalised during 2015 £1 billion of investment will be provided which will deliver 10,000 new homes to rent. We have also used the government’s hard-won fiscal credibility to offer guarantees to housing providers and investors, enabling them to borrow at cheaper rates and build tens of thousands of new homes, including 30,000 new affordable homes through the Affordable Housing Guarantee scheme.

    · Labour’s plans for more regulation and rent controls would make life harder for tenants. Labour’s plans forrent controls, banning letting agents’ fees for tenants, and blanket local and national landlord licensing schemes would lead to higher rents as landlords pass on extra costs to tenants. It would also undermine investment in housing making it harder for people to find a good quality, safe and affordable home to rent. Ultimately a reduced supply of rental homes will mean higher rents and less choice for tenants."

    Regards

    Alan Duncan

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Save Generation Rent - donate today!

Generation Rent needs your help. We unexpectedly have only two months of funding left. There is a real danger that the campaign will simply vanish, and with it the national voice of private renters in the media and political debate.

We are working hard to secure new sources of long term funding, but this will take months and we need your help now. We need to raise £60,000 by 31 August. These funds would allow us to continue our work empowering renters to put pressure on Parliament, the London mayoral candidates and local councils while applying for grants and building a sustainable organisation.

Please donate just £20 – or what you can afford – on our crowdfunding site, People’s Republic, who are kindly waiving their fees because they like us so much.

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Criminal landlord database shows what protections we still need

Environmental Health News (EHN) has done us all a huge service by publishing a list of landlords with convictions for housing offences.

For the first time we know the 2,006 companies and individuals who have been successfully prosecuted, but this figure is dwarfed by the 740,000 private rented households estimated to have hazards dangerous to human health. And the landlords in question get away with fines that hardly make a dent on the income they get from rents.

This has to stop.

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Majority of under-40s to rent privately by 2025

With impressive speed after the Budget, the accountancy firm PwC has published its Economic Outlook for the UK, and its prediction that a majority of under-40s will be renting privately by 2025 made the front page of the Guardian this morning.

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The UK Housing ‘Crisis’: Are You Profiting From It?

A blog from guest writer Zeph Auerbach asks - how much personal responsibility do we have for the housing crisis?

Now that the election is over, and Eurovision is a distant memory, London turns back to its favourite moan: the housing crisis.  I frequently share this moan with my mixed group of friends: some renters, some homeowners, some letting out the odd room or flat.  This conversation always seems to have an 'in it together' atmosphere, as we berate the property speculators, the oligarchs with vacant mansions, and most of all our government, which clearly sees its role as sustaining the rise in house prices (Help to Buy, pension reforms, reductions in stamp duty and so on). 

But we ignore the elephant in the over-valued and under-sized room.  This is an elephant which you'd see, if you looked hard enough, lurking in the corner of almost every Independent or Guardian article decrying the housing crisis. The elephant in the room is simply this: we find ourselves on opposing sides of this ‘crisis’ and for some of us this ‘crisis’ is something we profit from and sustain.

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Meanwhile, in Spain

This week, the judge in the case of Bloc La Bordeta, an occupied flat block in Barcelona, ordered the eviction of nine adults and four children, despite both Barcelona City Council and the Catalan Government having urged that the families be allowed to remain in their home of 6 months. Once the injunction arrives, the occupants will have seven days to leave, before being forcibly evicted and in all likelihood, left on the street. 

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A mixed Summer Budget for renters

Having won the election, George Osborne used his first Budget of the parliament to rifle through the pockets of his vanquished political rivals. He abolished non-dom status for permanent UK residents and announced an increase in the minimum wage, dubbing it the Living Wage in the process - both more or less Labour election policies. 

And he nicked a Green Party policy by cutting tax relief for landlords. 

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Is your MP a landlord? There's a 1 in 5 chance

The first Register of MPs' Interests of the new parliament was published last week. A comb through the data reveals that there are 126 residential landlords in Parliament. Landlords make up only 3% of the population but they are represented by 19% of the House of Commons (the same proportion of the UK population who rent privately).

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Buy-to-let: Bad for renters, bad for first-time buyers – and now bad for everyone?

The buy-to-let ‘boom’ that has occurred over the last twenty years, coinciding with the huge growth of the private rented sector more generally, has meant this kind of mortgage has been normalised within the British psyche, but without perhaps enough analysis of what it means for the economy and wider society.

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Bills announced to reform private renting

Parliament has announced the 20 Private Member's Bills that are being introduced today, and they include three on housing.

Karen Buck, MP for Westminster North, has introduced the Homes (Fitness for Human Habitation) Bill, which will amend a law from the 1980s to ensure that rented properties meet certain standards. We think this is a huge opportunity to give tenants the protection they need from unscrupulous landlords and agents - and finally bring renting into the 21st century. Karen is a longtime campaigner on housing so we'll work hard to support her as she takes the Bill through Parliament. 

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Met appeal to trace bogus landlord

At least six renters in London have been ripped off to the tune of £30,000 since April by a fraudster posing as a landlord. 

The Met Police have issued an alert today for information to catch the suspect, pictured below, and have asked members of the public to call 101 and quote reference 1217609/15.

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