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 2014-04-02 10:50:20 +0100
    To answer to Richard’s proposal:

    Create a professional register for landlords so they can be blacklisted and the state can legally obtain their property/ies.
     - This could work if a “Name and Shame” page is created where people put the name of the landlord and also photos of the property with the damages and all other complaints not addressed within a reasonable time.
     - The Government may not immediately have the funds to invest in a scheme like this. However, if Generation Rent does a page to start up with, the Government may pick up the project.

    Create a rent cap for tenants that covers a landlord’s monthly mortgage repayment with a profit cap of 20%.
    - Not all landlords have a mortgage and some buildings have maintenance fees which go up every year.
    – All areas in London must have a specific rent gap according to the building the flat is in.

    Create a statutory underpinning for landlord and tenant rights and responsibilities. Regulate lettings agents.
    – Yes, very good. Agents pretend to give you a negotiated rent when in fact they are looking to get the highest possible rent from which they get a percentage for doing nothing, if they also act as managers for the flat. Currently Foxtons charge 20% from the rent paid to the Landlord to do nothing other than cause tensions between tenant and landlord, report back to the landlord (if they feel like it) any damages for which the landlord needs to pay out of his/her own rental income. Totally useless process as Foxtons, for example, bullies tenants so that no damages are reported and they can keep the Landlord happy.

    Create a legal underpinning for ‘fair wear and tear’.
    – Yes, definitely. Currently “wear and tear” is considered only if the tenant lived in the property for at least 3 years. If the property is in bad condition when moving in, the landlord expects the tenant to pay to put in the property in better condition. This is not fair at all.
    – False claims for damages should be punishable by law.

    Create a special court to quickly resolve landlord and tenant disputes. Introduce a new type of housing for renters alongside social housing.
    – Arbitration may work and it is cheaper. Yes to the new type of housing for renters. We are not protected at all and greedy landlords and agents are laughing all the way to the bank that they were able to take advantage on us.
    – Agent must also be held responsible for the aggravation of the issues between the Landlord and Tenant.

    Create a statutory underpinning for rental accommodation standards.
    YES.
    Set up a tenant’s register for bad landlords and agents.
    – Allagents.co.uk have a good website, however I never knew about them until recently when the trouble began. How do we get the word out there to prospective tenants to check on the status of an agent and landlord. Foxtons are all shiny and professionals, but very rotten inside. They completely mislead renters and take advantage of those who rent from overseas. When coming here the property is in terrible shape and they refuse to make any repairs so as to keep their Landlord (client) happy. They charge both the Landlord and the Tenants fees, playing both markets and not providing the complaints to the Landlord as and when they arise, thus frustrating the relationship between the parties. It must be made illegal!
  • commented 2014-04-01 23:56:51 +0100
    Create a professional register for landlords so they can be blacklisted and the state can legally obtain their property/ies.

    Create a rent cap for tenants that covers a landlord’s monthly mortgage repayment with a profit cap of 20%.

    Create a statutory underpinning for landlord and tenant rights and responsibilities.

    Regulate lettings agents.

    Create a legal underpinning for ‘fair wear and tear’.

    Create a special court to quickly resolve landlord and tenant disputes.

    Introduce a new type of housing for renters alongside social housing.

    Create a statutory underpinning for rental accommodation standards.

    Set up a tenant’s register for bad landlords and agents.
  • commented 2014-03-31 21:24:03 +0100
    Can we establish groups in different parts of London or hold regular monthly meetings? Social events where we discuss issues are very important. This way people can form contacts, find out information on their housing rights and keep up with the contacts from their own area. We can hold meetings in public places to decide how we can best approach landlords and their agents. The information can then be gathered all together and put forward to the MPs. Just an idea as we need rental market regulation ASAP! Landlords are becoming too greedy as Agents promise a high rent out of which they take a huge percentage for management. Not fair for the tenant who is left without a proper and fit apartment. Agents blame the Landlord when work is not done and the Tenant is still the loosing party, unless the Tenant has knowledge how to deal with such greedy people. Agents have too much of a free hand to manoeuvre the rental market. Not right!
  • commented 2014-03-30 19:08:42 +0100
    6 students apply to rent a house. Before they can rent each student has to provide the Letting Agency with a Guarantor,resident in the UK, giving proof of identity and income. This is outrageous. It shows how private landlords demand to cover the costs of any mishaps. They take the money, but take no risks.
  • commented 2014-03-30 15:52:15 +0100
    bring back the fair rent act not only in the private sector but comercialy as well
  • commented 2014-03-30 09:22:21 +0100
    Will this encourage private landlords to look after their properties more as I have that situation and they know about the disrepair

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London's turning - Towards a sustainable private rented sector under the new Mayor

Today Generation Rent publishes 'London's Turning: Towards a sustainable private rented sector under the new Mayor', our call on Sadiq Khan to act rapidly and boldly in his response to the capital's housing crisis.

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London's housing costs are driving families away

Today we have called on the Mayor of London to adopt a set of policies that will speed up his efforts to end the capital’s housing crisis.

To remind him what’s at stake, we have uncovered another startling trend that is hurting the city and its people.

Every year the Office for National Statistics releases figures on internal migration – how many people move from one part of the UK to another – and people are moving out of London at an alarming rate.  

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Proposals this week to implement cheap rents for London's artists show how the the city's housing crisis makes an absurdity of good intentions, and indicates why a closer link to universality rather than targeting is needed to make renting affordable again in the capital.

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Making overseas investment work for Londoners

The issue of foreign investors pumping money into the London property market has once again been raised by last night’s BBC report on a rise in overseas investment in the outer London boroughs, and how this provides competition for first-time buyers.

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Private renters are Londoners too…

As Sadiq Khan announced the membership of his new Homes for Londoners board last week, the private rented sector was conspicuous by its absence. Despite close to one third of Londoners privately renting, the new body has not yet made provision for either tenants’ voices to be heard, nor for a clear focus on the PRS to be part of HfL’s work.

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Does your MP support a ban on letting fees?

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We have been banging on about banning letting fees for more than two years now. The case against them keeps getting stronger.

The latest evidence is from the English Housing Survey, which revealed in July that up to 69% of tenants living in unsatisfactory homes are discouraged from moving out because of the cost of agent fees. It also suggests the scam is worth around £115m a year.* 

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The decline of ownership, and meaningless means

A version of this article appeared on Inside Housing.

Last Tuesday, the Resolution Foundation dominated the headlines and airwaves with its report into levels of home ownership. Using figures from the Labour Force Survey, their big finding was that Greater Manchester saw the biggest fall in owner occupation from its peak at the turn of the century. It was a pattern seen across the north.

It’s no shock that the housing crisis is gripping the whole country. Our analysis of the 2011 census in 2014 found that ownership levels were already dropping in major urban areas. These figures are a bit more up to date.

While London and the South East have the most insane house prices, buying a home anywhere has become more difficult. This is because wages haven’t risen by much, and more people are in insecure employment, so it’s harder to save and to qualify for a mortgage. House prices became uncoupled from wages before the credit crunch, and didn’t revert to affordable levels after it.

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New developments in London require a relentless focus on affordability - nothing less will do

For the rest of the summer, London politics is formally in recess. Yet, the city keeps on moving and the Mayor has been publicly engaged with the housing elements of a number of high-profile developments.

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Got opinions about renting? We want them

As part of our work, we want to make sure that we're doing the best we can for renters, and a big part of that is understanding your experiences and hopes for the future. 

The housing crisis is such a complex beast that there are a range of views about how to fix it - and we'd like to know what yours are too.

That's why we are running a survey until mid-August. 

 

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Vent your rent, to music

If, like me, you wish this generation had its own Joe Strummer or Woody Guthrie, writing protest songs about the social challenges of the day - i.e. bad housing* - well, you're in luck. A new choir of private renters in London, called Section 21, is being announced this Saturday at Royal Festival Hall in London. 

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