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 2016-02-07 13:33:33 +0000
    I do agree with you that the Chancellor is probably aware of the effect these measures will have. He probably gives BTL landlords more respect than I do, in that he thinks they’ll play fair and absorb these costs, or get out of the market and free up property for owner occupiers. I think he’s wrong here, and that BTLs will suck the life out of their tenants, and then blame the government for the resulting social issues.
  • commented 2016-02-07 13:25:55 +0000
    I never realised before just how wonderful and caring private landlords [rentiers] really are. In my parallel universe I have privately rented the house I live in for over 30 years. My rent is increased routinely, as a matter of course every 2 years. To this day, I have never received a letter from the rentier saying how much it breaks his heart to raise my rent.
  • commented 2016-02-07 13:25:26 +0000
    James, I do read blogs and other reference material. Some of them before you’ve been kind enough to direct me to them, and I’m a fast reader. Generally, they contain selective propaganda to justify a particular viewpoint, and I’m afraid you are a prime example of this. Try putting your logical head on rather than your greedy one and you’ll see I have a point. As you say, there are many other integrated issues to this particular problem, immigration being one prime candidate and developer greed another. I reiterate, I don’t propose to comment on those here, this site is purely about landlords and renting
  • commented 2016-02-07 13:14:00 +0000
    Here’s another link, from someone in the same situation as me. Note that we are not the same person. His tenants are aware how ridiculously unfair the tax attack is. Please do read it FW. You need to understand that Osborne knows this will happen, it’s part of the plan.
  • commented 2016-02-07 13:10:42 +0000
    You clearly have not read that blog post FW. The reason that so many new-builds are sold to landlords is that they stump up the deposits well in advance of completion, often before the builders break ground. If you want to go along and do that then the developer will be keen to take your cash. So go do it! However the issue is that you will be highly unlikely to have a mortgage in place so you are a risk. The developer wants to build houses and he needs the deposits to give him cashflow, so he has a dilemma. Will he take your deposit knowing that you may not be able to complete? Well possibly, go try it.

    Interesting that you think, in essence there should be no private investment, which would take us back to the 80s and where we started struggling to build houses. You do understand that’s what your suggesting don’t you.

    And of course the builders would not be happy at all, nor would any shareholders they may have and nor would all the other aspiring home buyers that see output spiral downwards.

    I would be the first to agree that we need more social housing but again if you look at the output graphs on that, the rot started 30 years ago. But you want all landlords to be social ones that will offer some sort show homes it would seem, and with extraordinary levels of service. I can promise you that is not what they do in housing associations and nor will the big rental villages that are on the cards. They’re companies that just want to maximise profits, and that is what their shareholders want.

    So are you also proposing that supermarkets and clothes shops are all run by the Government too? After all they’re basic human needs?

    FW, I’ve tried to help you understand the issue is much bigger than you buying a house by directing you to informative links, but you’re clearly not reading them. Unless you do and can produce proper cohesive arguments then you do nothing for your cause. Offering your Utopian world might be something you want to get to one day but it’s not a plan to solve the housing crisis or house all our immigrants that cannot get mortgages. Many more of them will probably be headed for our shores soon, so with the attack on the PRS where will they live? Those landlords that will likely be selling up are the ones that house HB tenants. Indeed I know landlords that are being approached by councils to take refugees and they’re saying NO. What is your instant solution because that is what is needed, not something that might be achievable in 20 or 30 years.
  • commented 2016-02-07 13:06:12 +0000
    I’ve posted previously here about what happened to my daughter and her partner renting from a private buy-to-let landlord. As a model tenant of 5 years – a fact acknowledged by the landlord – she had paid her rent on time every month without default, kept the property in good condition and was a part of a small village community. Feeling settled and happy she looked forward to starting a family. While pregnant, however, she received a notice for possession from the landlord. Her landlord then lied to the council saying that he was living in the house my daughter had lived in for 5 years. The local council advised my daughter and her partner to stay put in the property and not to leave until the landlord had obtained a court order. She had no option because she had nowhere else to go. The landlord then gave false information to the court in order to speed up the eviction. The stress of all this took its toll on my daughter’s health. She was then advised she would qualify for a house owned by a housing association in their area only because she was pregnant. The landlord then sold the property to an estate agent for a handsome profit.

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Landlord tax evasion - what do we know?

A few weeks ago, the London Borough of Newham revealed that 13,000 local landlords had failed to declare their rental income, prompting estimates that £200m of tax was being evaded in London alone.

Today, Parliament has published an answer from the Treasury Minister Mel Stride to Frank Field, who asked what assessment the government had made of this. The Minister directed him (and us) to this information on tax gaps (pp54-5).

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MPs debate letting fee ban

The ban on letting fees is currently the government's flagship policy to help renters, and we're currently waiting for a draft bill to be published, which follows a consultation that we and hundreds of our supporters responded to.

In the meantime, MPs gave us a taste of how the legislation will proceed in Parliament yesterday morning by debating the subject for the first time since last year's Autumn Statement.

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London Housing - a new opportunity to push for greater security

Delayed from August, this week saw the publication of the London Mayor's draft housing strategy, which is now open for consultation for three months.

Covering all housing policy from leasehold reform to tackling street homelessness, the strategy also has a specific section devoted to the private rented sector. With a quarter of London's children in the private rented sector, and millions of renters living in poverty, we all know how urgently action is needed.

We'll be coming back to parts of the strategy in the coming weeks, but here we just focus on the main headlines for renters.

The strategy builds on the Mayor's manifest commitment and previous public statements, and although the Mayor lacks the powers to fundamentally transform London's PRS, there are nonetheless some steps forward and potential to go further.

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The Other Waitrose Effect - the hidden costs of gentrification

Is a new Waitrose in your neighbourhood a cause for excitement, or a troubling omen for your future in the area? 

A new study reveals that the high-end supermarket is linked with rising evictions of private tenants in areas they open up in.

The analysis, conducted by Oxford University academic David Adler for Generation Rent, found that the arrival of a new store was associated with an increase in the number of evictions of between 25% and 50%.


Great cheese selection, but will you be around to enjoy it?

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Giving people the right to a safe home

This week saw the introduction of Karen Buck MP's Homes (Fitness for Human Habitation and Liability for Housing Standards) Bill, a private member's bill which will now have its second reading in parliament on Friday 19 January 2018.

The bill seeks to update the law requiring rented homes to be presented and maintained in a state fit for human habitation - updated because the current law only requires this of homes with a rent of up to £80 per year in London, and £52 elsewhere!

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National study finds tenants optimistic but rental market oppressive

Every year the government runs the English Housing Survey. General findings are published in February, then, to the delight of housing geeks, the juicy detail on the different subsections of the market arrives in July. We've taken a look at the findings for 2015-16, published last week.

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Queen's Speech 2017: are you listening Westminster?

Before today's Queen's Speech, which set out the government's parliamentary programme for the next two years, there were two theories about how housing and private renting might feature, and what kind of prominence it would be given.

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If London housebuilding is reliant on overseas investment, where do we go from here?

Commissioned in Autumn 2016, the final report of the London Mayor’s investigation into the role of overseas investment in housing was published last week – but its findings can be read in very different ways.

Based on research by the LSE, its major conclusion and argument is that off-plan and pre-sales to the overseas market are integral to the current development model in London – and therefore also key to leveraging more affordable housing through section 106 agreements on those sites. 

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Renters vote - and cause another political upset

The results are in, and the UK's voters have delivered yet another shock.

The dust still has to settle but one thing is already apparent: the votes of renters had an impact yesterday. Twenty of the 32 seats that the Conservatives lost to Labour and the Liberal Democrats had more renters than average. Back at the 2011 census, those 32 seats had an average private renter population of 19% - it was 16% in the country as a whole.

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The choice tomorrow

We haven't been posting much on here for the past few weeks as we have joined forces with ACORN on #RentersVote for the duration of the election. 

There we have analysed each of the 5 UK-wide parties' manifestos and pulled it all together into one big graphic, so you can see what we made of their housing commitments side-by-side.


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