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 2015-10-09 18:15:01 +0100 · Flag
    Well I don’t donate the profits to charity because as from now I will have to donate both profits, losses and my day job to the government. But I suppose keeping my rents at 25% below market value for 10 years is a form of kindly donation to the tenants. And yes, very much part of the reason I do this is because I enjoy helping people back on their feet. Although I’m sure you donate far more time and money than me to good causes. Did I ever tell you about the time I funded the purchase of a holiday cottage in Derbyshire just so a local group for mentally handicapped children could have free holidays in perpetuity…?
  • commented 2015-10-09 13:15:05 +0100 · Flag
    LAST WORD!
  • commented 2015-10-08 21:17:16 +0100 · Flag
    So, you do all this for the good of those who life has dealt a poor hand, do you? So, no doubt when you sell a property to keep the wolf from the door because you have to pay a tax bill, you donate all profits to charitable causes? Don’t you see how pathetic it sounds? Don’t waste my time……
  • commented 2015-10-08 20:39:05 +0100 · Flag
    Oh and perhaps you could explain why you are still telling us we are preventing FTBs when we’ve provided irrefutable proof to the contrary? Whilst we are on the subject, what happens to a FTB who is repossessed and wont be housed by the council? Or, for that matter, a council tenant thrown out for non-payment or bad behaviour? In your moronic utopia, they’d all get housed for free in an endless succession of waiting, vacant, social housing would they? But do you know where these people go in the real world, when nobody else wants them? Ah yes, thats right. To those willing to take a chance on them. The ONLY people willing to help them rebuild their lives. The private sector.
  • commented 2015-10-08 20:24:53 +0100
    Poxcatcher. You really are deeply embittered, aren’t you? ‘Cool and reasoned argument’ is incapable of emanating from you and you alone, as you have proven may times. You still haven’t answered a single rational point put by any of us, and sound as though you are putting your fingers in your ears and shouting ‘blah! blah! blah!’ at anyone who says anything vaguely sensible or realistic. What a depressing way to live. Somewhat hypocritically, you whine about being insulted whilst calling us parasites and leeches. Why have you not commented on any of my examples or points about how I have tried to help and encourage FTBs? How is offering my tenants cheap purchase prices to aid them, or backing my friend’s first mortgage, acts of a selfish and greedy individual? Also, you have yet to answer this one, simple, point: if I move to another city for a work placement – say 1 or 2 years – how am I to be accomodated? Is it the council I should call? Should I pay roughly double to triple the daily rate to stay in a Travel Inn? Must I be forced to buy a house where I am working? What if I dont WANT to do any of these things?? Please, please, please DO explain, because no one with a brain cell nor a shred of common sense can understand where or how you think I should live?! I’m waiting…
  • commented 2015-10-08 18:25:08 +0100 · Flag
    Lost your capacity for cool reasoned argument when confronted with undeniable facts strongly stated, eh, Stephen? I’m not surprised…

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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%.

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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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