GENERATION RENT campaigns for professionally managed, secure, decent and affordable private rented homes in sustainable communities.

Join us today and help campaign for a better deal for private renters.

How we help

  • 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 2015-10-07 13:47:12 +0100
    I’d laugh if the matter was less important. You want to explain numbers, go ahead in full view of all. They’ll be as fictional as your ever feeble justifications which may pass muster in Jamesworld with its two inhabitants, but doesn’t cut it with rational, reasonable people who don’t shaft others to get what they couldn’t otherwise aspire to. I note that you continue to skirt round the main issue I’m making. Pathetic and selfish. As I’d expect. And as for whether or not I was the 18th viewer – that’s my business which I’m not talking about on this site. But I do promise you the information and facts are true. If that indicates to you that you’re buying in the wrong part of the country, I’m very pleased!
  • commented 2015-10-07 13:19:07 +0100
    I think I’ve already answered that point my old son in that I buy larger properties. Do you know anyone as a FTB that would buy one and if you do then shame on them! They should be allowing families with kids to take the house, as indeed are my tenants that are in them, plus the HMO’s where I house several people in luxury they couldn’t otherwise afford. I note that you haven’t taken up my offer of explaining the numbers to you – interesting then Foxwatcher. Must be worried about being proved wrong. And indeed you would be. Not us looking poor from our responses old boy, it is yourself I’m afraid. You’ve made wildly inaccurate assumptions about our lifestyles and then state that they are apparently the lifestyles we’re chasing. You make assumptions about the properties we buy when you know nothing about them and you state that we’re cheating FTB’s out of them when we’re not. You also suggest but don’t state you were the 18th buyer on the example you dreamed up. So quite clearly you weren’t the 18th prospective buyer or you would have said outright in the first instance. It’s a fantasy example from your own little world (don’t worry they’re probably all friendly people there and run a big brother state). I asked why you have such an issue with landlords supplying a basic human need but not with Sainsbury’s or Tesco’s? You choose not to come out with anything of substance but just continue with your inaccurate rave about silent movie landlords. I’m surprised we haven’t seen you accuse us of tying young women to railway tracks! I can hear the dramatic music on the piano now. Never fear buttmuncher the Keystone Cops will come to the rescue soon!
  • commented 2015-10-07 13:08:00 +0100
    One final thing – I’m not saying either of you are bad landlords. I can’t possibly know. I’m complaining that you’ve purchased properties from under the noses of youngsters who want nothing more than to own their own property. If you want to defend something, think about that one point, please.
  • commented 2015-10-07 13:04:12 +0100
    How very erudite of you both. I’m lost in my admiration for your ways with words, and stand by my views that any reply you make just shows you in an ever worsening light. James, M, maybe I was the 18th viewer?
  • commented 2015-10-07 13:04:11 +0100
    How very erudite of you both. I’m lost in my admiration for your ways with words, and stand by my views that any reply you make just shows you in an ever worsening light. James, M, maybe I was the 18th viewer?
  • commented 2015-10-07 12:41:41 +0100
    Rugmuncher. I notice you make no attempt whatsoever to support your arguments from a credible source nor to explain why my points are invalid. Just to be clear – you’ve made utterly incorrect assumptions about a complete stranger based on your own embittered prejudice, and you think professionals who want a quality short-term let should go down the council?? Classic. Also – just to be sure – you’re saying that everyone else is allowed savings and a pension (and for that matter, a foreign holiday?) but I’m not? That’s a bit dictatorial for a supposedly even-minded and sympathetic lefty isn’t it? And my cheap rents and hours of physical toil to produce nice homes for people who DONT WANT to buy are a blight on those people are they – are they not allowed a choice in your world?? How very magnanimous of you. Yes, you are definitely a credible person worth hearing more from. Please do demonstrate further why some village somewhere is missing its idiot.

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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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Save £404 when you move after fees ban

Tomorrow is the final chance to respond to the government's consultation on their proposals to ban letting fees.

Ahead of this we have published our latest research from, which features in today's Times (£), Guardian and i. We have also published an update to last year's report.

Our main findings are that the government's proposals will save the average tenants £404 when they move, and an average £117 every 6 or 12 months to renew the tenancy.

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3.4m private renters risk losing their vote

With one week until voter registration closes, we've estimated that more than three million private renters in England are at risk of losing their vote at the General Election.

1.8m private renters have moved home since the 2016 Referendum and must therefore register again. Private renters are typically on tenancy agreements of no longer than 12 months and are six times more likely to move in a given year than homeowners.

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Celebrating ingenuity in the property industry

The steam train. The vaccine. The television. The World Wide Web. The tenancy renewal fee.

What connects them all? Each one is an incredibly successful British invention.

Yes, we may no longer have the manufacturing prowess that once sustained all corners of the country, but a certain group of entrepreneurs have exerted their creative minds to produce the £250 photocopy, and are currently raking it in.

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One promise the Prime Minister must keep

Theresa May has broken her word. She ruled out a snap election five times, then called one.

Our question is: what other promises is she going to tear up?

The government is consulting now on proposals to ban letting fees, and the deadline of 2 June is a week before polling day.

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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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