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 2018-11-11 10:26:10 +0000 · Flag
    The other aspect of Section 21
    I want to bring to notice this other ambiguity with Sec 21 notice when tenant is served a notice and they are happy to leave but they are not allowed to unless they produce a counter notice to vacate within 1 month and sometime it has to be with the rent period or before the expiry of current rent due date.

    It puts the tenant in a very difficult position legally and often have to pay rent at two property while staying in one property as finding a property tallying to the expiry of sec 21 notice is difficult.

    I would suggest we should an amendmend to sec 21 notice where if served it should act as a notice to end the tenancy by landlord and tenant should have freedom to leave at anytime during that time period without service any notice.
  • commented 2018-10-23 15:55:49 +0100
    Who pays council tax ?
    Council tax is typically paid by the person who occupies the property. If you live alone, you’re the liable person to pay council tax. For properties occupied by more than one person, there is a hierarchical tree to figure out who needs to pay the council tax.

    A resident owner-occupier who owns either the leasehold or freehold of all or part of the property
    A resident tenant
    A resident who lives in the property and who is a licensee. This means that they are not a tenant, but have permission to stay there
    Any resident living in the property, for example, a squatter
    An owner of the property where no one is resident.
    The person highest in the list is liable to pay council tax, if there is more than one, they are jointly responsible.

    Examples:

    You live alone with a one bedroom apartment – you’re liable to pay council tax for the property
    You live with your girlfriend / boyfriend – you’re both liable to pay council tax for the property
    The landlord has an empty property listed for renting – they pay council tax for while they wait for a tenant to move in
    When the landlord is responsible for council tax
    In some cases, the owner of the property / landlord is liable to pay council tax. Those are special circumstances, when the tenants or residents are exempt from paying.

    The property is an HMO ( house in multiple occupation ), where multiple tenants rent their own private rooms, but share communal areas like the kitchen and bathroom. However, council tax is probably calculated into the rent payments.
    The occupant / occupants are under 18
    The occupants are asylum seekers
    The occupants are staying temporarily and have another home somewhere else. For example if an emergency has occurred in your rental property, rendering it uninhabitable until repairs are made and you’re transferred into a temporary home by your landlord.
    The property is a care home, hospital or refuge of some kind.
    If your living conditions are any of the above, you are not liable to pay council tax. It must be paid by the property owner, but it’s price may in some occasions be proportionally calculated into the cost of your accommodation.
  • commented 2018-10-22 21:11:21 +0100
    Can a landlord make you soley responsible for unpaid council tax which was in his name that you knew nothing about, even though it was shared accommodation and no tenant paid their council tax? He was went to court and because I communicated with him he has said I am now responsible and the court has agreed. Is this correct?
  • commented 2018-09-22 18:32:25 +0100
    Gerry, that’s a really big loophole in the law which I believe there is talk of the government closing. Selling property to family to avoid the liability of being ordered to do something but I might be wrong. The government have back peddled on a lot of proposals lately.

    Whilst the district council may be ignoring you, there should still be action you can take. Including reporting it to environmental health (which is likely your local authority, in your case, the district council) or the Health and Safety Executives (HSE), they’re especially interested in unsafe gas appliances.

    If you search on Facebook for Harry Albert Lettings & Estates and let them know the issues, they will be able to give you better advice and point you in the right direction. Our advice is free (it’s my company), especially when it comes to the health and safety of tenants living in the private rented sector.

    Without bashing your district council, inaction by councils is not unheard of. The state of some of their own properties are very poor.
  • commented 2018-09-22 17:28:58 +0100
    Landlord ordered by court to undertake repairs, in 1999 & 2000. Property sold to landlord’s nephew, still waiting for some major repairs, 18 years later. District Council no help, ever.
  • commented 2018-09-20 08:48:32 +0100
    I have written several articles, on my blog, about housing and homelessness.

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Lords send ministers away to fix fees ban

The letting fees ban has inched closer to being law. Yesterday a Grand Committee of the House of Lords went through most of the Tenant Fees Bill, line by line. There are still potential loopholes that could leave tenants vulnerable to exploitation.

Following lobbying by ourselves, Shelter and Citizens Advice, and amendments by peers including Baroness Grender and Lord Kennedy, the government has now agreed to examine them before the Report Stage.

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Hammond Housing Horror

Despite repeated cries by the Chancellor that “your hard work has paid off”, the Autumn Budget was underwhelming in its efforts to address the housing crisis. In brief, nothing new for renters, a mixed bag for landlords, and support for first-time buyers moving into shared ownership. Several extra pots of cash for housebuilding but well short of what’s needed and nothing radical in terms of reforming the land market to funnel the proceeds of development to local communities and build more council homes.

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What happens to rents if landlords exit the market? Nothing.

Today we publish new research looking at the relationship between the size of the private rental market and rents, in light of the credit crunch, landlord tax changes, and proposals for tenancy reform.

We demonstrate that:

  • A fall in rental supply is matched by a fall in demand as renters become home owners
  • There is no impact on inflation-adjusted rents - in fact they've been falling
  • The experience of the past 14 years suggests rents are most closely linked to wages - i.e. what renters can afford to pay
  • This should give the government confidence to press on with substantial reform to tenancies
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Is Onward's policy Right to Buy for private renters?

Right to Buy was electoral gold dust to the Conservatives back in the 1980s, but since council homes were sold off unreplaced, and the social housing sector dwindled, it has lost its lustre. With housing policy the key to winning over today’s 18 to, er, 45 year olds, it’s no wonder some in the party have taken up alchemy.

Onward, a think tank peopled by former government advisers, thinks it has the answer, which is about as close to Right to Buy for private tenants as we’re likely to get. Because the property is not the state’s to sell, it’s merely Chance to Buy.

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May removes yet another obstacle to council home building

This week has been the Conservative Party's conference, and their chance to match Labour's pledges to abolish Section 21 and seed-fund renters' unions. 

There is a lot of worry among the party faithful that they are not doing enough about housing - the defining political issue of a generation. But with consultation responses on security being scrutinised by officials back in Whitehall, and Help to Buy facing negative attention, their options were narrow.

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Mayor of London backs indefinite tenancies

At the Labour party conference this week, delegates adopted a motion to (among other things) "Help private renters with an end to ‘no fault’ evictions, controls on rents and new minimum standards, including three year tenancies as standard." 

The BBC reported on this commitment, but beyond the wording of this motion and John Healey's speech, we haven't had any more detail of what this would entail. 

Luckily, Sadiq Khan has obliged. While the Mayor of London is not a member of the Shadow Cabinet, last week's publication of his response to the government's consultation on longer tenancies revealed that he is calling for much the same thing, plus some more idea of what it might look like in practice.

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Labour signs up to #endsection21

We kind of knew this already, but Labour is officially backing our campaign to end Section 21 and will scrap landlords' ability to evict tenants without giving a reason. It was reported by the BBC this morning, was part of the shadow Housing Secretary John Healey's speech in the conference centre, and then a motion on housing that included it was passed.

This follows members of the End Unfair Evictions doing a lot of work behind the scenes to successfully get local Labour parties to support the motion.

An even bigger piece of news was a £20m pot to jumpstart tenants' unions in the UK, reported by the Independent

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Before you rent: How to protect your legal rights

Finding a flat to rent in England can be tough. The stress only compounds when things don’t go as planned. When I lived in London, I got caught out when my landlord insisted on “renegotiating” the tenancy terms after I had paid a holding deposit (a troublingly common practice in the market).

Here are twelve things tenants can do to protect their rights, which helped me succeed in my legal claim against my landlord.

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Cabinet split over tenancy reform

On Wednesday, the Sun reported that 10 Downing Street and the Treasury are blocking moves to legislate for longer tenancies.

Although the recently closed consultation left open the question of making the new tenancy mandatory or voluntary, the same newspaper had previously reported that the Housing Secretary, James Brokenshire, wanted all tenants to get it.

That sets up a big internal government battle over tenants' rights as the Conservative Party worries more and more about winning over younger voters. 

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Public backs better security for renters

As the consultation period on the government's proposals for longer tenancies draws to a close - the deadline to respond is this Sunday - we are handing in our End Unfair Evictions petition to the Ministry of Housing today. It passed 50,000 signatures on Tuesday, helped along by #VentYourRent.

And if that wasn't enough to make the government pay attention, new polling from Survation finds that our demands have the backing of the wider public, including Conservative voters.

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