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 2015-10-08 20:24:53 +0100
    Poxcatcher. You really are deeply embittered, aren’t you? ‘Cool and reasoned argument’ is incapable of emanating from you and you alone, as you have proven may times. You still haven’t answered a single rational point put by any of us, and sound as though you are putting your fingers in your ears and shouting ‘blah! blah! blah!’ at anyone who says anything vaguely sensible or realistic. What a depressing way to live. Somewhat hypocritically, you whine about being insulted whilst calling us parasites and leeches. Why have you not commented on any of my examples or points about how I have tried to help and encourage FTBs? How is offering my tenants cheap purchase prices to aid them, or backing my friend’s first mortgage, acts of a selfish and greedy individual? Also, you have yet to answer this one, simple, point: if I move to another city for a work placement – say 1 or 2 years – how am I to be accomodated? Is it the council I should call? Should I pay roughly double to triple the daily rate to stay in a Travel Inn? Must I be forced to buy a house where I am working? What if I dont WANT to do any of these things?? Please, please, please DO explain, because no one with a brain cell nor a shred of common sense can understand where or how you think I should live?! I’m waiting…
  • commented 2015-10-08 18:25:08 +0100
    Lost your capacity for cool reasoned argument when confronted with undeniable facts strongly stated, eh, Stephen? I’m not surprised…
  • commented 2015-10-08 15:15:43 +0100
    Foxwatcher Thank you for responding to my post and confirming my earlier comments by resorting to further histrionics and name calling. So sad!!!
  • commented 2015-10-08 14:13:34 +0100
    Stephen, I don’t work for GR, and actually have no particular interest one way or another in the welfare or living conditions of those who choose to rent. Neither do I much care if you are a “good” landlord or one who doesn’t care a jot, and who, like one of the James’, seems to be looking forward to evicting one of his less welcome tenants when he has to sell one of his properties because he is going to be taxed fairly. I have sympathy with those who are forced to rent, but that is not my argument here. I am totally and wholly against people such as yourself and the two James’ who buy property which would otherwise be in the purview of young first time owner/occupiers. BTL parasites can get fat mortgages with ease because they have other property against which they use as collateral, they then get the mortgages paid for by the rent of those who are forced (not those who choose) to rent from them, and eventually sell the property for an obscene profit on which they can then finance their lifestyle or retirement. I’m sure some may not actually cream off huge profits whilst they are renting, but the endgame is all about forcing the less fortunate to finance your eventual capital profit. It’s a disgrace that it is legal, and I hope that the small measures currently being taken, which seem to cause so much consternation, but will only result in rents being raised to cover BTL costs, are drastically enhanced so that Britain once more becomes somewhere people can aspire to own one property in which to live and raise their family, and aspire to leave it to their own kids. Get a conscience, and stop trying to justify your selfish actions as if you’re providing a service to others. If you hadn’t bought the houses from under them in the first place, there would be no necessity to provide this fictitious service, and organisations who use any profit to build more housing could fill the gap rather than profiteering leeches.
  • commented 2015-10-08 12:38:04 +0100
    Foxwatcher you have given no credible arguments to support your position. What arguments you have put forward are without foundation and have done nothing but damage any credibility Generation Rent had left after their chief jumped ship just before Nationwide pulled all it’s funding (FYI Nationwide are one of the biggest BTL mortgage providers).
    I’m not sure if you work for GR and think you are campaigning for tenants rights but you are not, your comments do nothing but damage the future of the very people you purport to be campaigning for.
  • commented 2015-10-07 18:58:08 +0100
    That’s fine Foxwatcher but I do find it interesting that you take offence at being called a liar (your word not mine) when you accused me of offering false data in the example I have submitted to GR. Clearly double standards I’d suggest. I’ve even offered to meet with you and show you how the finance works but you’ve not even shown the slightest interest. You keep going on about the greed of landlords and refuse to actually look at the numbers. You have a bee in your bonnet about landlords supplying accommodation to those that want it but don’t have an issue with the supply of other essential needs. More double standards. Open your mind to these points and open your mind to the true finances of the industry, and lastly definitely open your mind to what the tax change will do because whatever you think, it’ll make things so much worse for FTB’s for many years to come.

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Housing Greater Manchester

When you mention the housing crisis, people tend to think of London and of campaign groups like Focus E15. There is good reason for this - the capital has experienced the worst excesses of the housing crisis, and the pushback there has been among the most dynamic in the country. Yet London is not alone in having a housing crisis, and in recent years the effects of a dysfunctional housing system have been making themselves felt in Greater Manchester.

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Minimum acceptable living standards in London - and how housing costs cut right through them

This week Trust for London, in conjunction with Loughborough University, published their latest report on a Minimum Income Standard (MIS) for London - with figures updated from their first report in 2015, and with a focus in this research on families.

The MIS compares costs between London and the rest of the UK to show the difference between the minimum needed for an acceptable standard of living - with that minimum based on a list of goods discussed and agreed upon by the public.

We can draw many conclusions from the report, and though it should surprise no one that the cost of housing is a major differential between London and the rest of the UK, the research shows that the rising cost of private rents in the lower end of the market stops a large number of households achieving the MIS.

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Rate your landlord and more on Marks Out Of Tenancy

Ben Yarrow is Founder of Marks Out Of TenancyFor more useful websites for renters, visit our resources page.

Ask anyone who’s renting, everyone’s got a story to share. Whether it’s good, bad or just plain ugly; every renter has had their own experience with a landlord or a letting agent that can give us insight into what can be expected as a potential tenant of theirs.    

Now, while it can be fun to wax lyrical about rental horror stories, we wanted to figure out how this exchange of experiences could be harnessed to the benefit of generation rent - so we created Marks out of Tenancy.

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Home ownership at 30-year low

Just 62.9% of England's population owns their home - the lowest proportion since 1985. And the private rented population now stands at 4.5m households, up on last year and bigger than in 1961, when slum landlords like Peter Rachman were making tenants' lives a misery.

These are the big findings of the English Housing Survey Headline Report, the first of two releases of the government-commissioned survey for 2015-16. 

At this rate, there will be more private renters than mortgage holders in just five years' time. It's already the largest tenure in London.

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Brighton and Bournemouth letting fees - all in one place

Even though the government has promised to ban letting fees, our crowdsourced research project at lettingfees.co.uk continues to build up a picture of renter exploitation around the country. Renters in Bournemouth and Brighton & Hove now have an online comparison of letting fees in their area, which will help them avoid the rogues who are either charging excessive fees or just not publishing theirs.

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Lessons from Germany: tenant power in the rental market

Last month the Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR) released its report “Lessons from Germany: Tenant power in the rental market”. It examines the relative strength of protection for German renters, and how these benefits might be brought across to England.

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Making housing about immigration continues to be a toxic mix

Back in late 2015, when the details about making landlords check the immigration status of prospective tenants was being debated in parliament, housing and migrant groups repeatedly warned government that this would lead to discrimination, and push vulnerable renters into precarious and hidden housing.

Today a new report from the Joint Council for the Welfare of Immigrants (JCWI) on the 'Right to Rent' scheme confirms that warning, with shocking findings of non-British and non-white renters finding it more difficult to access a new tenancy.

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Government consults on banning orders - renters respond

We have put in our response to the government’s consultation on banning orders – the new mechanism to prevent criminals from operating in the rental market. That’s right, they aren’t banned already.

The government has asked what types of offences should be banworthy, and set a deadline of midnight tonight.

We asked our supporters for their experiences earlier in the week, dozens of you responded, and the feedback has helped shape our response to the government.

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Housing White Paper: where do we stand now?

Well, the Housing White Paper was a massive disappointment. After an exciting glimpse on Sunday of moves to "incentivise" longer tenancies, on Tuesday it became clear that those incentives were existing government subsidies for companies building new homes. Number of beneficiaries: 80,322 (not counting the companies who would have offered longer tenancies anyway).

For the 4.3 million households in existing properties? The vague undertaking to "consider what more we can do to support families already renting privately, while encouraging continued investment in the sector." Which gives little hope to people who don't live with their family and a lot of hope to property speculators.

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Housing White Paper: Our immediate reaction

Commenting on the Housing White Paper, Dan Wilson Craw, Director of Generation Rent, said:

“Sajid Javid has the right analysis about the plight of renters, but his White Paper has failed to offer us anything of substance.

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