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 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. http://www.property118.com/my-rent-rise-letters/84278/
  • 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.
  • commented 2016-02-07 13:00:28 +0000
    James M, your excitement is overcoming your common sense. I suggest you look back and remain yourself of exactly what I’ve said in past posts. As far as the example of “one particular day” goes, how many do you want? And as for “sponging off Mummy and Daddy”, surely that is preferable to lining the pocket of some avaricious speculator who cares only for themself? And by the way, I DO know who Mark Carney is. I’m surprised you seem to know a few details about Rachman, but I guess these days, there’s all sorts of info readily available on the Web…
  • commented 2016-02-07 12:49:02 +0000
    It’s pretty simple, James, if you take a view without any personal gain issues. Rental properties are essential for the reason you suggest and many more. But they should be owned and managed by a non-profit making entity who puts ALL profits into building further housing, thus keeping the building trade going. Let’s call them the local council, but housing associations, charities, universities and governmental organisations will also fit, along with many other suchorganisations. I appreciate that you and other private landlords say that Councils etc. are poor in some respects. I’m not arguing with this, but there are also very poor private landlords, I’m sure you’ll agree. There should be an empowered regulatory body, with teeth, in place to ensure that all landlords play fair.That’ll take time to set up, sure, but it will be FAIR and all profits will then go to improving the housing situation countrywide, not lining private individuals’ pockets/retirement plans. (Contact Messrs. G. Brown and T. Blair if you have issues with pension plan performance – I notice the Blair property portfolio is coming along nicely).

    As to buy to let landlords buying all new builds, I’ve seen it with my own eyes. As an example, there is another new development going up in my area now. I registered an interest as a potential buyer, and asked the developer whether there would be any for owner occupiers, or if they were going to the buy to let market. They told me they expected most/all to go to private landlords. This is not the first time that’s happened, and in many different areas. Most potential first time buyers would be only too happy to wait as long as it took to get their own bricks and mortar. If developers were not allowed to sell off plan (another argument for a different forum), predatory landlords would not have the time to wait, especially as many of them need to regularly increase their debt to service their empires. So you own argument in that field defeats you.

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Proposed ban on letting fees unveiled

For four and a half months we've been waiting with bated breath for the government's proposals to ban fees, and today they were unveiled as the government finally launched its consultation.

The policy is no half-measure - tenants will not have to pay fees in connection with their tenancy outside of rent, refundable deposit, holding deposit and extra services they require during the course of the tenancy (e.g. replacing lost keys).

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Generation Rent wins prestigious campaigning award

Last night, Generation Rent was handed the Housing and Homelessness Award at the 2017 Sheila McKechnie Foundation awards in London.

The award was in recognition of our work in the past year to mobilise renters as a political force, which culminated in the government’s announcement of a ban on letting fees in November.

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Four new trustees help bolster the organisation

We are pleased to welcome four new trustees who have joined the Generation Rent board since the start of the year.

Daniel Bentley, Sean Cosgrove, Betsy Dillner and Hannah Williams bring with them decades of experience in political communications, financial management, movement building and business development.

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Housing Greater Manchester

When you mention the housing crisis, people tend to think of London and of campaign groups like Focus E15. There is good reason for this - the capital has experienced the worst excesses of the housing crisis, and the pushback there has been among the most dynamic in the country. Yet London is not alone in having a housing crisis, and in recent years the effects of a dysfunctional housing system have been making themselves felt in Greater Manchester.

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Minimum acceptable living standards in London - and how housing costs cut right through them

This week Trust for London, in conjunction with Loughborough University, published their latest report on a Minimum Income Standard (MIS) for London - with figures updated from their first report in 2015, and with a focus in this research on families.

The MIS compares costs between London and the rest of the UK to show the difference between the minimum needed for an acceptable standard of living - with that minimum based on a list of goods discussed and agreed upon by the public.

We can draw many conclusions from the report, and though it should surprise no one that the cost of housing is a major differential between London and the rest of the UK, the research shows that the rising cost of private rents in the lower end of the market stops a large number of households achieving the MIS.

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Rate your landlord and more on Marks Out Of Tenancy

Ben Yarrow is Founder of Marks Out Of TenancyFor more useful websites for renters, visit our resources page.

Ask anyone who’s renting, everyone’s got a story to share. Whether it’s good, bad or just plain ugly; every renter has had their own experience with a landlord or a letting agent that can give us insight into what can be expected as a potential tenant of theirs.    

Now, while it can be fun to wax lyrical about rental horror stories, we wanted to figure out how this exchange of experiences could be harnessed to the benefit of generation rent - so we created Marks out of Tenancy.

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Home ownership at 30-year low

Just 62.9% of England's population owns their home - the lowest proportion since 1985. And the private rented population now stands at 4.5m households, up on last year and bigger than in 1961, when slum landlords like Peter Rachman were making tenants' lives a misery.

These are the big findings of the English Housing Survey Headline Report, the first of two releases of the government-commissioned survey for 2015-16. 

At this rate, there will be more private renters than mortgage holders in just five years' time. It's already the largest tenure in London.

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Brighton and Bournemouth letting fees - all in one place

Even though the government has promised to ban letting fees, our crowdsourced research project at lettingfees.co.uk continues to build up a picture of renter exploitation around the country. Renters in Bournemouth and Brighton & Hove now have an online comparison of letting fees in their area, which will help them avoid the rogues who are either charging excessive fees or just not publishing theirs.

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Lessons from Germany: tenant power in the rental market

Last month the Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR) released its report “Lessons from Germany: Tenant power in the rental market”. It examines the relative strength of protection for German renters, and how these benefits might be brought across to England.

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Making housing about immigration continues to be a toxic mix

Back in late 2015, when the details about making landlords check the immigration status of prospective tenants was being debated in parliament, housing and migrant groups repeatedly warned government that this would lead to discrimination, and push vulnerable renters into precarious and hidden housing.

Today a new report from the Joint Council for the Welfare of Immigrants (JCWI) on the 'Right to Rent' scheme confirms that warning, with shocking findings of non-British and non-white renters finding it more difficult to access a new tenancy.

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