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 2018-03-27 16:27:03 +0100 · Flag
    our story is long and complicated. In fact everyone we turn to says that its so complicated that they don’t know what to advise.18 Months ago the owner of the mobile home site we lease a pitch on told us that the site was illegal, that the local authority had called and told her to get planning and licence or she would have to clear the site. There were 20 homes here at that point. She decided to get planning etc. Only 13 of the homes had been here for over 10 years and as she was going for a certificate of lawfulness she told 7 residents to leave. We had 18 months of hell, no real information, endless misinformation but finally in Oct 2017 we thought we could relax again. The paperwork was in place though there was much work to be done on site to meet with compliances attached to the site licence. Then it hit the fan, the site owner and her family realised that residents could have the protection of the Mobile Home Act 1989. They were beside themselves with anger. However we thought we would be OK in the end. After all we were now a protected site and the law said everyone on such a site had rights. Instead the owners found a solicitor who told them that a little know high court ruling could deny us rights. The Murphy v Wyatt case, this was used at a first tier property tribunal and although the judges agreed with my argument that our case bore little resemblance to the this case they could not get past one point of law. That was the inception of our (verbal) agreements came before the planning and site licence. We have all been served with eviction notices now. We seem to have nowhere to turn. Despite promises by the owner that we would have pitch agreements, homes for life, despite the fact some people have spent thousands because the owner told them they would be secure it looks like we will all have to leave. My appeal on grounds of promissory estoppel was also rejected by the property tribunal and though some other residents may have stronger cases for promissory estoppel most feel to worn down or just do not have the money to fight a case. So a person who has broken the law for 30 years, during which time the local authority called but did not follow up, gets away with everything and we are about to become homeless. I was told by a council official that the situation was ignored over the years because it was just to messy to deal with, they just “put it back in the box” We get the feeling they everyone just wished they could do the same with us.
  • commented 2018-03-05 14:24:34 +0000
    Wish this organisation all success. Little help from government, there help to buy to rent statue was open ended and to be in line with affordable housing should have had legal conditions on rent /upgrading cost Anna residue value of property in the conditions.
    As to Monday’s prime minister statem. NO itimeline NO plan, NOBODY in charge.
    Wait again
  • commented 2018-02-15 19:39:52 +0000
    My boyfriend and I are some of the latest victims of a Revenge Eviction. We have searched high and low for help but there is none! I would love to speak to you…. in our case it is not a cheap, run down property but a quite expensive property which came with huge problems, considered by the agency the House of Horrors, by the lady who did the inventory not fit to be rented out, still as we were finally starting to settle down instead of compensation we received the Section 21. I would love to speak to you…. I have sent letters to everybody I could think of, met with politicians, organizations, all doors closed. Feeling desperate! Regards, Francisca Rigaud
  • commented 2017-12-29 16:22:32 +0000
    James Hinchcliffe – Hi. I did slightly misinterpret your original post, my apologies. But we are in full agreement that this site should be actively campaigning to ban private buy to let parasites. That’s why I joined, several years ago, but I’ve never had any reply from those who run this site on any post, so I’ve basically given up. My MP, the Chancellor and the Housing Minister are similarly uninterested.
  • commented 2017-12-29 15:46:35 +0000
    Hi Foxwatcher. Thanks for the reply but I’m not sure how you’ve read my comment as me being happy to rent privately. The point is that I have little choice. Remember that my entrance into adulthood was during the late 90s – the exact time at which council housing began to become more and more scarce. I made some tentative efforts to source council housing around that time (and later) but was always discouraged by the lengthy waiting lists and also told that as a single young male I wasn’t a priority (which is fair enough in many ways). The only thing I ever was offered was a high rise flat in my late 20s (via a council-cum-housing association I might add – ie not even fully state owned) and in no way suggesting that this is beneath me (trust me – I’ve lived in worse) I took the decision that I could source something a little more suitable in the private market for only slightly more rent and have been in the private market ever since. Suggesting that this “choice” makes me some sort of socialist traitor is surely a hopelessly ultra left position. You could just as easily claim that I’m not a socialist because I work for a profit making organisation and buy consumer products (you know, like, live under capitalism and not in some kind of self-created socialist vacuum). It’s a baseless accusation. But anyway, I don’t want to argue with you as we’re essentially in agreement and I don’t like to argue with others on the left (much). I completely agree that “buy to let” should be illegal. Do you (or anyone) know how I can become actively involved in Generation Rent (ie attend meetings, campaign on behalf of tenants etc.)? That’s basically why I joined the site. Cheers, James
  • commented 2017-12-28 19:15:35 +0000
    James Hinchcliffe – Hi. You say that you find “buy to let” morally repugnant and it offends your socialist principles, yet you have apparently happily rented from a private landlord for many years, lining their pockets with both your rent and the capital increase of the property. I can’t see how you can imply that you’re happy with this situation. Buy to let needs to be made illegal.

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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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Fees ban concerns remain as Bill completes first stage

The Commons Housing Committee has published its report on the Draft Tenants' Fees Bill today, making recommendations to the government for when it formally introduces the Bill to Parliament. 

Generation Rent, along with charities, landlord groups, local councils and other industry organisations, gave evidence to the inquiry earlier in the year. There were positive outcomes on rents and deposits, but more work is needed to make sure the ban covers all fees - and that it's enforced properly.

Here's a summary of what we asked for - and what we got.

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Making deposits work for tenants

One reason the housing market is so stacked against renters is the high cost of taking our business elsewhere, so one of the ways we can make renters more powerful is to make moving house easier.

As our research site discovered, a typical household could save £404 when they move once the letting fees ban comes in. But a bigger cost - in the short term at least - is the damage deposit worth up to six weeks' rent.

We estimate that 86% of renters get most or all of their deposit back, but only after they've already moved into a new home, so achieving that involves raiding their savings, or borrowing money. 

That's why today we're calling on the government to start allowing renters to transfer part of their deposit to a new home once they've paid the final month's rent.  

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Planned shake-up of rental market complaints system

Last October, Sajid Javid, the Secretary of State for Communities (and now Housing) said that he wanted to start requiring landlords to join a redress scheme if they did not already use a letting agent. 

The government is now consulting on plans for this. The good news is it is considering doing away with the three different schemes tenants have to navigate when they have a complaint at the moment.

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Rented London: How local authorities can support private renters

Local council elections are taking place in London in a few months. And just like the 2016 Mayoral race, these contests will be dominated by the city's housing crisis. From Haringey to Kensington and Chelsea, Londoners are looking for secure and affordable homes, and asking their councils to respond.

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First-time buyers taking out longer loans to escape the rental sector

The latest English Housing Survey report is out today with the highlights of their findings for 2016-17. 

The private rented sector has continued to grow. The population now stands at 4.7m households, with 27% of families renting from a private landlord.

It is once again the largest tenure in London (if you separate outright and mortgaged ownership), and its doubling outside the capital in the past decade illustrates the national impact the housing crisis has had.


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Homes fit for humans one step closer

Third time was the charm for efforts to revive the right of renters to sue their landlord for safety failures.

Karen Buck's Homes (Fitness for Human Habitation) Bill was talked out in 2015, then a Labour amendment to the Housing Bill in 2016 was defeated. But today, after winning the support of more than 100 MPs who attended the Second Reading debate, the Bill passed unanimously and is a step closer to being law. 

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Fitness for Human Habitation: Another milestone in the long road to a decent private rented sector

In another sign of the growing importance of the renters' movement in the UK, government announced over the weekend that it would be supporting measured outlined in Karen Buck MP's upcoming private member's bill, which would allow private and social tenants to take legal action against their landlord where their home is not deemed 'fit for human habitation'.

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The return of 'fitness for human habitation' - will MPs finally give us this protection?

In ten days time, parliament breaks for the Christmas recess.

When they return in January, they will have an opportunity to support a simple change in law that would provide better protections for renters.

The question is, given that they have missed this opportunity before - will parliament do the right thing this time?

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