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 2015-10-07 07:00:04 +0100
    Oh Foxwatcher it is not I with blinkers. Let’s correct you on the lifestyle you assume I have but firstly thank you for the prompt about banking. I haven’t been on online banking for several days and there are many invoices I have to pay (all property related). I have no 4×4. My wife has an old Toyota Corolla and I have an old van. We’ve not had a foreign holiday for 5 years and not even been away at all this year. Indeed if you saw me in my normal working gear you may well mistake me for a tramp. I am a hands on landlord that understands property, understands the market and understands the needs of my tenants. You clearly are none of these and don’t really know what you’re talking about my old chum. Like I said I don’t have any houses that would be of interest to a FTB but now I will have to evict several families that are settled in their homes, kids are in local schools and so forth. Yes we most certainly do need more housing for youngsters but this tax will not help them in any way. Paul Johnson, one of the most senior and respected economists in the country has pointed that out, or do you know more than him too? I understand that you think BTL is wrong, that’s fine. It’s your opinion and you are very welcome to it, but are you so distorted in your views that you want to see families uprooted and kids having to change schools? The social impact of this tax change is horrendous but you’re just so biased you don’t care who it hurts.
  • commented 2015-10-07 01:10:30 +0100
    Fox watcher, you really haven’t got the faintest idea about reality and have arguments based only on assumptions you’ve imagined for your own narrow-minded view of the world.

    Let’s examine your comments more closely.

    1. You think tax rates above 100% of income are fair? Perhaps you’d take a different view if it happened in your industry as no one in the western world with a brain cell can see justice in that.

    2. You think all housing should be social/council/university? Really? So the young professionals building a career, or moving to the city for the first time, or wanting a short-term let, or sharing with friends for fun, or post-divorce, or who have a home elsewhere, or are in the country short-term etc etc etc… they should all be in council housing? What if anyone, anywhere, wants to CHOOSE where to live rather than be told? What if their aspiration is for more space or much higher quality than a council is offering? What if they have the means and don’t fancy living in a council house? And you do realise that university accomodation is increasingly being supplied by large corporations – all out for a profit far bigger than that enjoyed by your private landlord?

    3. What would you know of my car, my bank account, or where I go on holiday? Did I make any assumptions about your financial position? And you do realise there are wealthy tenants too, right?

    4. The vast majority of private landlords are not the make-believe Disney villains of the press’s (and your) easily-fed imagination. They are firemen, nurses, teachers, driving instructors, writers, the elderly and many many others who don’t have any sort of savings or pension provision. Good to know you want all these people to be impoverished unnecessarily and state-dependent for their futures. Yes, that’ll help!

    5. Your assessment of the poor FTB getting squeezed out is like something out of The Guardian. They regularly beat me to properties as they have no business expenses to consider and can thus pay more. Their 5% deposit helps against my 20-25%. Oh and I already buy society a hospital each year whereas Im not sure what your FTB contributes. I’m pretty sure they’re not buying derelict houses and then spending £25k a time working to make them into a quality home for someone who didn’t fancy putting in the risk, or the hours.

    None of your fantasy arguments stand up to scrutiny. I worked and saved until I was 30 to get my first home then worked and saved a whole lot more to invest my earnings wisely so that I wasn’t a burden on everyone else. Only people like you get to think of this as being a bad thing! Hilarious!
  • commented 2015-10-06 20:40:04 +0100
    James McKindley’s 19:09 shows just how blinkered buy to let owners are. “There’s no study, so what you say can’t be true”. I’ve seen it with my own eyes in my locality and elsewhere many times, James. Recently, a private house came on the market. The first day of viewing brought 18 people. 17 of these were prospective buy to let buyers, with guaranteed mortgages. The 18th, who wanted to buy his first home, stood no chance, so had to go back to his rented place, lining his landlord’s pocket even more. There are many other examples, so stop denying what is plain common sense. FYI, if rental properties were owned as I’d described earlier, the profits made by those organisations could and should be put straight back into building more properties, to help with the issues on the lack of building over the last 30 years. I agree with much of what Doreen says on this subject. James, you need to stop being completely selfish, stop checking your bank account every five minutes, stop having so many foreign holidays and weekends away, sell the spare 4×4 and all the other trappings of your pampered life. Sell a couple of your cheaper places at cost price to young families desperate to own their place, and maybe, just maybe, you’ll begin to do something with your life for someone else. This is a bigger subject that it’s possible to discuss here, but just think of the consequences on the younger generation of your activities, which are designed solely to make your life more comfortable for little work,
  • commented 2015-10-06 20:20:37 +0100
    This is nothing new. I would love to go back to the 60s. This was when you saved up a deposit and went along to you friendly Building Society to secure a loan. All that was need was proof that you were in work. These days are gone. I live near Ashford, Kent. In that area there is much new building going on. One man bought up over 100 properties to let out.
  • commented 2015-10-06 20:13:26 +0100
    Sadly, under the Thatcher government the bulk of council houses were sold off. Many well below the market value. As I travel around the country the estates I once knew as “council” housing are now in private hands. There will always be those not in a position to “buy” and yet those houses sold off have not been replaced. Today, the need is as much as it was after the 2nd WW.
  • commented 2015-10-06 19:33:02 +0100
    No arguments from me there Doreen.

    On a different note this has just been flagged up to me by a friend. Well worth reading. http://johnredwoodsdiary.com/2015/09/23/why-rent-controls-do-not-work/

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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?

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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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