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 2014-06-24 23:59:49 +0100
    Regulation has got to change. Working parents or anyone who has had a change in circumstance need longer tenancies. Generations of children will be effected by the upheval and stress unplanned moves create. Agents fees need to be scrapped. I have just watched the BBC panorama documentary , and I was saddended by what I saw. Why is there no law or regulation in place to prevent poor housing being given to people in the private sector.
    Why is it that there are many boarded up pubs “eyesores” just sitting there in our local towns etc? Why cant the council and developers act quickly and demolish to build homes for people?
  • posted about this on Facebook 2014-06-24 20:56:07 +0100
    Join Generation Rent to improve renting for all in the UK.
  • posted about this on Facebook 2014-06-23 23:27:53 +0100
    Join Generation Rent to improve renting for all in the UK.
  • commented 2014-06-18 19:53:49 +0100
    Good evening

    I am a landlord of 17 years – I look after single person households – I do not charge letting fees, nor a deposit and you can give me a week’s notice to leave! Despite this many of my tenants stay for years and years! look us up on www.safrh.co.uk.

    I am passionate about what I do and have the will and the infrastructure to expand throughout the UK – but I can’t get funding – not because the PRS model I run does not earn a profit for the investors but that simply investors like the top end frothy market and not the ordinary end of things!

    I appled for the Government Build to Rent Fund got through the first round was a housing model to be supported and then was rejected at the 11th hour in favour of the high net worth development companies.

    I have local councils begging me to put a safrh home in their borough and I can do this – but not till I’m funded.

    Perhaps ‘people power’ will get me the funding I need to give single person households a long term place which is a home which they can decorate , only get an annual rent increase and not every year either! and you can live there if you want for ever! It is social affordable and geared to make living with us a very positive experience – read our independent tenant survey……………. we make sure that for the single person with only 1 wage coming into the house that all utilities are as cheap as possible and everyone shares one standing charge and there are no sign up fees or any hidden extras………………………

    www.safrh.co.uk

    lets not only be heard lets get the right people to be landlords – there are some and I am one!!!

    canvass your MP or who you can if you like what you read about us and can see how we can help – if we get funded we can get building

    you can ring me on 01428 68 2589 or Cameron on 01323 640292

    Maggie
  • posted about this on Facebook 2014-06-18 14:05:50 +0100
    Join Generation Rent to improve renting for all in the UK. The few should not profit at the cost of the many.
  • posted about this on Facebook 2014-05-28 16:40:33 +0100
    Join Generation Rent to improve renting for all in the UK.

Have something to voice?

Please check your e-mail for a link to activate your account.

Blog

The UK's first online landlord checking service

Paul Munday is the founder of RentProfile. For more useful websites for renters, visit our resources page.

A few years ago my brother David was the victim of a rental scam. It was this experience that led us to research the scale of the problem and start to think about ways to raise awareness and maybe even prevent this kind of fraud from happening in the first place.

We realised there is a compromise when seeking a rental today: either go through a letting agent which may charge excessive fees, or use a listings site where there's a chance of being scammed. It wasn't difficult to find fake listings on websites. Renters told us they were daunted by paying out thousands to a landlord (who is a stranger) but did so as they had little choice.

Read more

Top 10 tips to cut your electricity bill

Thomas Karcher runs Kagoo.co.uk

With sky-high rents squeezing tenant’s budgets, bills are yet another unwelcome expense. However, it is possible to significantly reduce your electricity bill by following our Top 10 electricity saving tips.

1. Check your electricity tariff

As a tenant you are free to switch electricity suppliers without requiring permission from the landlord. Compare tariffs, duel fuel discounts and payment options to ensure you get the best deal.

Please note some agents try and tie tenants into energy deals with a preferred provider. Generation Rent would like to hear if you have been affected by this.

Read more

The London Living Rent: Winners, Losers and the Rest of Us (Part 2 - tenancies)

In September, following the Mayor’s release of some details for this London Living Rent proposal, we blogged about concerns around how genuinely affordable this new tenure would be, and what was needed to ensure it was part of the solution to London’s housing crisis.

This follow-up piece looks at what wasn’t covered in the first blog – broadly, tenancy types – and how again they might best serve Londoners just looking for somewhere affordable and secure to live.

Read more

Property industry tries to block government's best housing policy

With a new Prime Minister and a new Chancellor heavily modifying their predecessors’ policies on the deficit, “affordable” housing and schools, the property industry is hopeful that the government will pursue similar revisionism on its landlord tax policy.

The Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors this week called on the government to scrap the stamp duty surcharge on buy-to-let and second homes, while landlords have been in the High Court to challenge the withdrawal of mortgage interest tax relief for landlords paying higher rate income tax.

We’ve just learned that there will not be a judicial review of the government’s policy.

Read more

Landlords and mortgages: what do we know?

Whenever you propose reform of private renting, the landlord lobby always says no, because "landlords couldn't afford it". Whether it's asking landlords to cover the cost of letting agent fees, to apply for a licence, to charge controlled rents, or to pay tax on their loans, we're asked to believe that they can't afford it. Then they threaten to raise rents - as if rents haven't already been outpacing inflation since the end of the recession.

This claim assumes that landlords are already paying large amounts of their revenue out again in costs. Some of them are, but we point out that the majority are not, because they don't have a mortgage.

For example, an interest-only mortgage of £150,000 at 4% costs £6000 a year. Rent on the £200,000 property bought with that mortgage might get you £10,000. Two thirds of private rented properties have no mortgage, and thus have significantly lower costs and capacity to absorb new regulatory requirements.

Read more

Don't be fooled: Help to Buy is still dangerous

Yesterday, the Chancellor, Philip Hammond, confirmed that the Help to Buy Mortgage Guarantee scheme would wind up at the end of the year. This was arguably the more controversial of the two Help to Buy schemes announced in the 2013 Budget, but it was originally meant to last only 3 years. And with it gone, we're still left with a Help to Buy loan scheme that is highly counterproductive to any efforts to fix the housing crisis.

Read more

The London Living Rent: Winners, Losers and the Rest of Us (Part 1 – rent levels)

During his recent visit to New York City, the Mayor of London took the opportunity to announce one of his key pre-election pledges for the private rented sector, the London Living Rent.

Doing so while overseas was both surprising and interesting and his visit to New York highlighted the challenges facing the Mayors of both cities.

Read more

London's turning - Towards a sustainable private rented sector under the new Mayor

Today Generation Rent publishes 'London's Turning: Towards a sustainable private rented sector under the new Mayor', our call on Sadiq Khan to act rapidly and boldly in his response to the capital's housing crisis.

Read more

London's housing costs are driving families away

Today we have called on the Mayor of London to adopt a set of policies that will speed up his efforts to end the capital’s housing crisis.

To remind him what’s at stake, we have uncovered another startling trend that is hurting the city and its people.

Every year the Office for National Statistics releases figures on internal migration – how many people move from one part of the UK to another – and people are moving out of London at an alarming rate.  

Sep_16a.png

Read more

Looking for cheap rent in London? Just become an artist then

Proposals this week to implement cheap rents for London's artists show how the the city's housing crisis makes an absurdity of good intentions, and indicates why a closer link to universality rather than targeting is needed to make renting affordable again in the capital.

Read more

Twitter