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
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  • commented 2018-05-23 07:37:43 +0100
    Will McCallister
    A tenant can be removed quickly,how quick?
    It can take several months,then there’s the additional cost for repairs.it costs thousands.
    For every bad landlord there are 5 bad tenants.
    All I’m asking is for fairness and incentives for good landlords and tenants.
    A register or all
    If this means longer tenancies and rent controls,that’s fine by me,
    But:
    Section 24 is making thiings worse,rent rises and evictions will continue.
    The policy will really kick in by 2020/21,then the s,,,t will hit the fan.
    If ever there were an incentive for the landlord ,remove it.
    But I doubt they will,so all will run for the hills.
    Over to the councils to rehouse.
    Good luck
  • commented 2018-05-22 22:32:29 +0100
    Kevin Dray

    I don’t follow where you are getting from my comment that I am saying 1 is a greater number than 5.

    But you’re missing the point, it’s not about how fantastic some landlords are, or about how terrible some tenants are, or whether good landlords are something that is needed. I’m just trying to point out that in the landlord-tenant relationship, tenants currently seem to have most to lose and least protection. The fact that some landlords aren’t good landlords is good justification to increase those protections.

    From the landlord’s perspective, a bad tenant, who doesn’t pay rent and who damages the property can be evicted quite quickly. Insurance pays for the repairs, and I’ve seen many letting agents even advertise that they will cover the rent if the tenants disappear. The landlord may still have out of pocket costs for some things and see their premiums rise but at the end of the day all it is is a bit of a headache and a lost opportunity for some extra income.

    From the tenant’s perspective, a bad landlord can evict them with two month’s notice at any time for no reason at all. Two months may seem like a lot of notice but you try continuing without impacting on work/studies/looking after your family when you’ve suddenly got two months to find somewhere else to live and move. There’s no guarantee you can find somewhere within budget within reasonable commuting distance from work or from your kid’s school so you may have to find a new job or move your kid to a different school. Then there are the costs associated with moving, you have to fork out for letting agents fees yet again, pay another deposit, pay a removal company, have mail redirected etc.

    This is all if a landlord is a bit on the cruel side but still stays within the law, however tenants can be put under pressure by a bad landlord to do things the law doesn’t require of them, such as to move out even sooner than the two month notice period. I’ve known of landlords threatening to withhold the deposit (a spurious reason to withhold it can always be found) or to give a bad reference, making it difficult for the tenant to find somewhere else to live, and thus forcing the tenant to do as they wish.

    None of this necessarily applies to you, but as things stand it’s very much luck of draw as to what kind of landlord you get and it isn’t unreasonable to ask the government to do more to ensure tenants have adequate protection, but you seem to be taking that desire as an affront to your own honour, like the fact you are a good landlord should mean you don’t require governmental oversight.
  • commented 2018-05-22 17:20:12 +0100 · Flag
    David Morton
    So its Ok for a Limited Company to offset interest costs on borrowing as an expense,but not a Private landlord ?
    Change the goal posts for one,but not the other.
    Very Unfair,but good for the governments corporate chums.
    When PL are eventually forced out and they have control
    Boy,will you see increases!
  • commented 2018-05-22 16:13:54 +0100
    Dear Kevin Dray , whilst I have sympathy with someone who is a good private landlord the truth is the system has been rigged for so long in favour of those who have pursued Buy to let interest only and the small landlord business / investment model and against people at the bottom of society that something has to give. I run a pub and have found from 2000 onwards getting finance for business investment was and continues to be very difficult when returns on BTL and property are guaranteed by the system as long as you have money you can get money and property continues to hoover up the majority of finance. How many BTL landlords are sitting on properties that they could not possibly have bought without the constant ladder of rising house prices and interest only loans ? . Its a giant Ponzi scheme . When investment in property , land and money is more valuable than investment in people energy and enterprise we are on the road to hell. People at the bottom are propping up the profit, living standards and future pensions of people like yourself although I realise you have only played the game by the rules in place . However those rules need to change . Its grossly unfair and economically illiterate. The only thing I would say is if we collapse all the private landlords as well , banks will fail again and that will again serve no-one. We are all stuck in a bind . The only lifeboat available is the slow but sure increase in social housing with affordable rent controls and the slow but sure removal of BTL and interest only as a means of making profit . My only coda to that is people like yourself need to be given time to change direction but we cannot continue as we are . There needs to be rent control , land and wealth taxes introduced , legislation against land banking and a shift towards the kind of society that invest in its people not bricks and money.
  • commented 2018-05-22 15:17:55 +0100
    Will McAllister.
    With all due respect.
    You say 1 is a larger number than 5.
    Err No.
    Why are a growing number of councils screaming out to Private Landlords for help,ask Croydon.
    Simple, A Supply and Demand failure
    Some are being housed in Berni Inns, and this will now get far worse.
    Regulation and protection has to work and be fair both ways,to tenant and landlord.
    A register for all.
    If that means rent caps and longer agreements,that’s fine by me.
  • commented 2018-05-22 15:03:24 +0100 · Flag
    Fox watcher.
    No,I don’t agree,Private Landlords should be seen as part of the solution,not the problem,not everyone wants to buy as renting is more flexible. Decent ones provide can provide a service to decent tenants its plug the gap.
    Its only minor compared to the whole problem,which is the total lack of housing through government failures to build enough.

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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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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 lettingfees.co.uk 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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