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 2018-07-19 10:39:29 +0100
    Andy, in response to your question, those figures are from the English Housing Survey – there have been some newer ones published recently: 15% are unsafe and 27% are non-decent (which means either unsafe, uncomfortably cold, containing disrepair, or unmodernised). The link is https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/english-housing-survey#2016-to-2017
  • commented 2018-07-17 15:05:07 +0100 · Flag
    Yes I think on the whole, in my experience 100% would not have passed safety checks, electrical, gas, energy rating, some had no heating at all except an open fire or wood burner.
  • commented 2018-07-17 14:32:38 +0100 · Flag
    Thanks Lin, It is interesting that every property that was rented out would not pass an electrical safety standard, so therefore 100% of the properties were unsafe,
  • commented 2018-07-17 13:56:03 +0100
    I was working as a secretary so I can t be that specific, and I m not sure without proper inspections how they would have been assessed. All I can say is that until recently none of the properties would have passed an energy performance certificate as it stands today, nor would any of the have passed current electrical safety standards, no gas safety certificates were in place either. sorry I can t be more specific, I can only speak from my own experience.
  • commented 2018-07-17 13:43:13 +0100
    In responce to Lins comment, you have worked for 16 years in a letting agency, can you confirm that 30% of all the homes rented by this company were non-decent and 10% were physically unsafe as per the statement on this website.
  • commented 2018-07-17 08:59:09 +0100 · Flag
    In response to Andy s comment I have worked for 16 years in a letting agents office and in my experience and having rented a cottage in a rural area I can safely say that some of the properties had hardly any maintenance done on them and the tenants were afraid to complain because of the fear of the rent going up. My friend lived in one of these cottages for 30 years and was a good and loyal tenant, never defaulting with her rent and looking after the cottage as best she could. During that time on one occasion her two ten and twelve year old daughters had to put their wellies on when using the kitchen taps so that they didn’t get an electric buzz off the taps as for quite a few years the property wasn’t earthed properly and there were no checks done on either the wiring or the wood burner. There were ancient storage heaters there which my friend bought herself when she moved in. She froze in the winter, as the property was so badly insulated that she couldn’t afford the heating bills, the old fashioned leaded light windows were actually bowing outwards and one of the upstairs windows was hanging on by one hinge. The answer when the new letting agent took over? As the property had fallen into such a neglected state (Landlord neglect) Serve a section 21 eviction notice on her, which devastated her as there was simply nowhere else she could move to that she could afford on a single pension. A lifelong asthmatic, during the winter months her lounge walls would be running wet. Thankfully with my help she got on the council waiting list and after a year of harassment and bullying from the owners solicitors, she obtained a social housing bungalow but even then was at the top of a list of 73 other people who had bid on it. Even after she had moved, the new Letting Agent (who I don t work for) tried to get a further five days rent from her as they said she moved five days early, but that was because the property was so cold she could no longer tolerate it and was in danger of becoming very ill, she is 69. That is just one story, the stress of living in a very poorly maintained property and living in fear of complaining is off the chart and then to receive a notice to quit on top it’s amazing no one has died in the older age group. In recent times Landlords are required to make sure that their properties are safer with new legislation, and that is a great improvement, but it still doesn’t help poorer tenants because as a result of having to let out safer properties it’s now a great excuse to hike the rents up which simply prices a great chunk of people out of the market.

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Four early victories for the End Unfair Evictions campaign

It is less than a month since we launched our joint campaign - with ACORN, the New Economics Foundation and the London Renters Union - to end section 21 no-fault evictions, and we've already had some major successes. 

Here are four things we can celebrate already.

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A victory on tenant security, but the campaign continues

After reports in the Sunday papers, late yesterday afternoon the Ministry of Housing published its long-awaited consultation paper on "Overcoming Barriers to Longer Tenancies in the Private Rented Sector".

It allows us a moment to celebrate the first success of the End Unfair Evictions campaign: an acceptance by the government that private tenancy law is failing England's tenants - just as our petition passes 40,000 signatures

Leaving the detail of the policy to one side for now, it is significantly the first time the government has considered a change to tenancy law. Up to now ministers have been talking of merely "encouraging" landlords to offer better terms - while most landlords might do this, a lot of tenants would get no benefit. We have been arguing that we need full reform and, while incentives are still an option, mandatory reform is now on the table.

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Protection from revenge evictions a postcode lottery

This week we launched the End Unfair Evictions coalition with ACORNLondon Renters Union, and New Economics Foundation. We're calling for an end to Section 21, which allows landlords to evict tenants without needing a reason. 

One reason we're doing is that existing protections are not working in practice.

Back in 2014/15, we fought a hard campaign alongside Shelter, GMB Young London and others to give tenants basic protection from eviction when they complained about their landlord. 

The resulting measures in the Deregulation Act 2015 stopped landlords from serving a Section 21 eviction notice to tenants if the council had found hazards in the property and served an appropriate improvement notice on the owner. This protection lasted for 6 months and was meant to give tenants more confidence in getting their landlord to fix health and safety problems, because the landlord can no longer simply retaliate by kicking them out.

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New mayoral strategy develops plans for London's private renters

Two million tenants in London will welcome the fact that getting a fairer deal for private renters is one of the Mayor of London’s five priorities for housing in the London Housing Strategy, which was published at the end of May. Given that Sadiq Khan’s housing powers are highly limited, what is his strategy promising to private renters in London?

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MPs vote to ban fees

The Tenant Fees Bill had its second reading in Parliament on Monday evening, where it was debated at length by MPs before being passed unanimously through to committee stage. All the issues that we’ve raised as a concern – default fees, the deposit cap, enforcement of the ban on letting fees – were brought up by MPs in the course of the debate. 

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What is Section 21 and why does it need to be scrapped?

Landlords can remove tenants without giving a reason. That’s unfair and it needs to change.

Most of England’s 11 million renters are on contracts with fixed terms of six months or a year; after this period has ended, landlords can evict their tenants with just two months’ notice – and without even giving them a reason. These ‘no fault evictions’ were introduced under section 21 of the 1988 Housing Act. Before this, private tenants had much greater security and it was much harder for landlords to evict tenants who paid the rent on time and looked after the property. The government has finally decided to consult on ways of improving renter security, but - while there are some promising aspects to their proposals - they suggest that no-fault evictions will remain. Generation Rent, the New Economics Foundation, ACORN and the London Renters Union are launching a campaign to abolish section 21.

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New staff join the Generation Rent team

We're pleased to announce some big news at Generation Rent - with the award of three new grants, our campaign's future has been secured for the next three years and we have been able to expand the team with two new members of staff.

We also have three new board members, including a new chair, Ian Mulheirn.

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Letting fees ban moves closer - but loophole remains

Good news for hard-pressed private renters facing rip off fees from letting agents.

The Government has introduced the Tenant Fees Bill into Parliament, which aims to ban the fees commonly charged by letting agents for new tenancy agreements. This is part of the Government’s promise to make private renting cheaper and fairer and it’s a much-needed piece of legislation, especially as a quarter of us in the UK will rent privately by 2021.

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Cross-party groups give their verdicts on renting

This week we’ve had two reports from the political mainstream calling for a better deal for renters. They add to the pressure we’ve been putting on the government to improve tenant security – and though we contributed to both, they don’t quite go as far as we’d like.

The first was from the Resolution Foundation, a think tank chaired by Conservative peer David Willetts and run by Torsten Bell, previously adviser to former Labour leader Ed Miliband. 

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Government launches secret landlord blacklist

Landlords get to ask tenants for a reference, but there's no way we can check what a prospective landlord is like. That's why we've long been calling for a central database that names and shames criminal landlords.

From today we've got one. But there's a catch: only local councils can access it.

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