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 13:00:28 +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.
  • commented 2016-02-07 12:43:05 +0000
    And if you still think the Chancellor is your friend and isn’t just trying to get the coffers full then read this http://www.theguardian.com/society/2016/feb/06/pay-stay-rules-families-council-homes-private-sector-rent/. \What do you think rents will do in the PRS as these people will be forced from their homes.
  • commented 2016-02-07 12:39:09 +0000
    No FW you are not offering a solution. There are an increasing number of immigrants in this country, do you comprehend that? They cannot buy houses so where would you have them live? The issue is not all about you and what you want. It’s about housing 65 million people when we have no proper building plan. So you want BTL to end, what’s the solution to housing all these people please? You might argue that there should be more social housing and I’d agree with you but there isn’t! And social housing building has been in decline since the 80s. Is that wrong? Yes I think it is but that’s where we are with things. Councils have been pushing their housing responsibilities out to the private sector more and more, as indeed they have with so many other services.

    You’ve been offered statistics and proposals but all you do is insult, which is why I think you deserve some of it back.

    Your ‘solution’ is to stop BTL overnight but that is a solution that in your own mind is going to help you, not anyone else. It’s all about me, me, me in your book. So come on then, where is your solution to housing all the immigrants and where is your solution for building more houses? You certainly haven’t offered one so far. And if you remove private investment from the industry then things just get worse, though probably not in the Utopian land you’ve dreamed up.

    You come out with more rubbish about Rachman but you know nothing about the accommodation I offer. Your narrow minded approach is indicative of ignorance, which of course you displayed much earlier when you went on about ‘guaranteed mortgages’ which only exist in your head.

    In the same earlier posts you admitted to distorting facts about numbers of viewers on a property being disproportionate of FTB to landlords, but then later said you were only talking about one particular day.

    You keep on about me being worried about my income and cash cow drying up. Well my old son you couldn’t be further from the truth. Like I have repeatedly told you I have always kept my rents low but now your super hero is forcing me to put them up, so the tenants are going to pay George what he wants and that was part of his plan anyway. Indeed I see great buying opportunities ahead.

    The headline grabbers of 500,000 properties being sold are I think, greatly exaggerated but we’ll see. Mark Carney (in case you don’t know who he is, he’s the Governor of the Bank of England) has states all along that that is one of his biggest concerns, and now George is trying to make it happen. If it does happen and prices tumble you can watch the building industry shut down,which will have a knock-on effect for generations. The country is already teetering on another recession and that could be the tipping point. I wonder if you’ll have a job then FW, even if you do manage to keep one, lenders probably won’t want to give you a mortgage.

    So my friend there is no desperation from where I stand but I completely believe that the tax grab is going to hurt millions of tenants and it’ll be the ones that are the poorest that will be hurt the most. Still you’re probably living with Mummy and Daddy and sponging of them so you’ll be alright.
  • commented 2016-02-07 12:35:24 +0000
    I can’t believe the nonsense I read from landlords with vested interests on this site. The fact is that private landlords are greedy parasites who try to con us into believing they have the best interests of the poor at heart. They have been able to thrive in this so-called society of ours simply because this is the kind of behaviour that has been rewarded by governments that have not fulfilled their promises to provide housing that people can afford to buy.
  • commented 2016-02-07 12:22:46 +0000
    Oh Foxwatcher! You lot on the anti-landlord bandwagon need to get your ducks in a row. Answer me these two simple questions. 1. I need to move for a job. I don’t want to buy even though I can. In your world, who is going to provide my housing? If I – say – needed a house in Manchester next month, who is going to provide it? You? The council? Do tell me. 2. Please explain your belief that landlords buy all the new builds, especially when (i) FTBs/OOs are free to buy them but generally choose not to wait the many months of completion time and (ii) on most other anti-landlord sites we’re always told we contribute nothing to the economy?? Please explain how we are the ones keeping housebuilders building (your view) whilst simultaneously not providing financial gain to everyone else (everyone else’s view) – including your own pension pot which invests heavily in builders, banks, lenders, materials companies, labour suppliers and land.

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Disrupting the market to help tenants

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As the national voice of private renters, we agree that the property industry as it stands fails its consumers in too many ways, so things need to change. Even when we succeed in changing the law, like the forthcoming letting fees ban, we still need to ensure that it's implemented properly and the industry adapts in the right way. 

But we can't allow slick and revolutionary new services or initiatives to simply treat tenants as cash cows in the same way that many letting agents and landlords currently do. So this is what we think the market needs - and how the tenant should benefit.

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This has left many out of pocket without a clue of how they will manage to raise another deposit - the average amount in London stands at £1040 for their next property.

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Since the east London borough of Newham introduced mandatory borough-wide licensing of all private landlords in 2013, improvements in the sector have been indisputable. Criminal landlords are being driven out of the borough, standards and safety in the sector have improved and enforcement has dramatically increased.

Yet with the scheme due to expire on 31 December 2017, government is now more than four weeks overdue in making a decision on approval of a new, five-year scheme, to start in the new year.

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Tory conference announcements pull punches on housing crisis

At the General Election in June, Labour won a majority of the votes of the under-40s. This was a wake-up call for the Conservative Party, many of whose members are now filled with a new urgency to address this cohort's biggest concerns - including a rather large house-shaped one.

Their annual conference has duly been bursting with new housing policies, particularly for private renters. But while they are (for the most part) improvements, the proposals fail to address the urgency of the housing crisis.

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The biggest talking point of Jeremy Corbyn's speech to Labour Party conference this week was rent controls. Since 2014 Labour has been proposing to limit rises in rents during tenancies, but there was something different this time around.

This is what the Labour leader said on Wednesday:

We will control rents - when the younger generation’s housing costs are three times more than those of their grandparents, that is not sustainable. Rent controls exist in many cities across the world and I want our cities to have those powers too and tenants to have those protections.

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The harsh reality of the UK’s sometimes savage housing market is that more people are renting their homes until later in life but paying more for the privilege of doing so than their parents did.

In England the number of private renters has increased from two million to 4.5 million between 1999 and 2015 while renting a home has been eating up a steadily increasing proportion of renters’ income, rising from 8% during the late 1960s to over 27% today, on average. Here we look at the key trends driving up rents across the nation in recent years.

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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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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 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%.

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