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 2015-10-06 20:20:37 +0100
    This is nothing new. I would love to go back to the 60s. This was when you saved up a deposit and went along to you friendly Building Society to secure a loan. All that was need was proof that you were in work. These days are gone. I live near Ashford, Kent. In that area there is much new building going on. One man bought up over 100 properties to let out.
  • commented 2015-10-06 20:13:26 +0100
    Sadly, under the Thatcher government the bulk of council houses were sold off. Many well below the market value. As I travel around the country the estates I once knew as “council” housing are now in private hands. There will always be those not in a position to “buy” and yet those houses sold off have not been replaced. Today, the need is as much as it was after the 2nd WW.
  • commented 2015-10-06 19:33:02 +0100
    No arguments from me there Doreen.

    On a different note this has just been flagged up to me by a friend. Well worth reading. http://johnredwoodsdiary.com/2015/09/23/why-rent-controls-do-not-work/
  • commented 2015-10-06 19:23:28 +0100
    Let us not confuse “council” housing with “social” housing. Local Councils build council houses. Social housing is provided by Social Housing groups. The earliest on record re “social” housing was the Peabody Trust. Peabody was a wealthy American and a friend of Charles Dickens. On a visit to London he was appalled at the dreadful conditions Londoners were living in and set up a “Trust” to build sound, decent homes for the people of London. His “trust” providing decent homes still continues today. There are many other Housing Associations today which provide decent living accommodation for many at affordable rents. The government, I believe, has no right to demand they “sell off” their stock. After, all providing decent affordable homes is what they exist for.
  • commented 2015-10-06 19:20:25 +0100
    I think you’re completely right Doreen. Council houses should not be sold off and if they are they most certainly shouldn’t be with obscene discounts. I’m afraid you’re right that they may well end up with private landlords, well that would have potentially been the case without this limitation on mortgage interest relief. However where we will disagree to a small extent is to the depth of youngsters not being able to afford a house. Most definitely the case with many and actually I didn’t buy my first one till I was nearly 30, BUT many youngsters want the latest iphone, cars, tablets, and all the other trinkets of the modern world. I didn’t have any of those and boy did I save. That is not what most of the youngsters do now, instead they blow their money on all these things and foreign holidays. If youngsters saved more they’d be surprised just what they could afford.
  • commented 2015-10-06 19:03:20 +0100
    My parents’ generation were “renters”. Albeit they were lucky to have a great “council owned” property. My generation were the ones who “owned” their homes. Today, we have gone back to the 40s and more people are having to rent. There are good landlords and some not so good. Buying “to let” is a growth market. To equal up the market there should be more “council” and “social” houses built. Affordable rents and sound landlords. Sadly, much of the “council” stock was sold off in the 80/90s and today it appears that even “social” housing will be sold off. Many of these hands will end up in the hands of private landlords.

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Housing White Paper: could Starter Homes be genuinely affordable?

As the publication date for the government's Housing White Paper approaches, we and groups across the the housing world are hoping for an announcement that will signal a 'whole new mindset', as the Secretary of State has promised.

One item that will be included is confirmation of how the government's long-running Starter Homes policy will work - and the detail will tell us how far it will go towards slowing the affordability crisis for first-time buyers. This is the government's flagship policy that was pitched as "turning Generation Rent into Generation Buy".

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Are banks behind your latest rent rise?

This morning, Mortgage Strategy magazine and the Daily Telegraph reported that Santander is requiring its buy-to-let borrowers to raise the rent on their tenants as high as possible.

The bank even demands that landlords get a valuation of the market rent every time the tenancy is up for renewal and then "take all steps to ensure that the review [with the tenant] takes place and leads to the maximum increase in the rent which can reasonably be achieved."

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Fuel poverty update: we can’t have any more delays in supporting renters in the coldest homes

Just before Christmas, as the weather got colder and government released its latest update on the fuel poverty statistics, there was still no news for private renters who need clarity about the detail of minimum energy efficiency standards in the PRS.

The statistics showed that one in five private rented households are officially fuel poor, and that the average ‘fuel poverty gap’ – the amount of money needed for a household to escape fuel poverty – is highest for private renters.

Despite these worrying trends, there is, in theory at least, some light at the end of the tunnel – but delays in implementing the policy need to be quickly remedied for that to be realised.

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Help lead Generation Rent - apply to join the board

Generation Rent would be nothing without the people who donate their money or time to the cause. We have a team of two full-time staff going into 2017, and we are ever more reliant on the generosity of our supporters.

The organisation is governed by a board of unpaid trustees, who support the team and enable us to devote as much of our energy to campaigning for renters' rights and building the wider movement.

With the need to develop the diversity of our funding, and new opportunities to make the most of, we are recruiting several new trustees who will help us do this.

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Changes at Generation Rent

Since its launch, Generation Rent has achieved a series of improvements to the lives of renters, including:

  • Outlawing of revenge evictions
  • Making landlords pay their fair share of tax
  • Stronger regulation of landlords and letting agents
  • A proposed ban on letting fees 

The growing renter population finally has a voice, but it needs to be much stronger.

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Build-to-Rent: A new vision for London housing, but who is it for?

For many years, debates around housing supply have suggested that a model needs to be worked up that leverages investment into building new long-term, professionally managed privately rented accommodation, as is much more normal in other countries around the world.

Generation Rent has always argued that new supply will only help a small percentage of lucky renters, and that the priority should be to support legislative reform that would improve things for the over two million London renters in existing stock. 

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Property guardians speak out about Wild West sector

Some of you will have read stories in the past year or two about property guardians. Originally a low cost way of beating extortionate private rental prices, the scheme has been coming under fire for rent hikes, poor living conditions and a lack of regulation.

I run a Facebook-based campaign and support group called Property Guardians UK. Over the past 2 years I have collected stories and information from those who came to my site and provided some with legal advice on problems they had with their agencies. I am also a guardian myself, currently in my 8th year in the scheme.

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Huge victory for renters as Chancellor bans fees

There was some extra cash for "affordable" housing in Philip Hammond's Autumn Statement, but there was only really one big story from today:

The Government is going to ban letting fees!

This is a phenomenal achievement and the result of a tireless campaign over recent years by us, Shelter, Citizens Advice, the Debrief and local renter groups around the country.

Dozens of us investigated our local letting agents to build up the case for reform on www.lettingfees.co.uk. Thousands of us signed petitions and wrote to our MPs and the government listened. 

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The Redfern Review: A grown-up take on the housing crisis

Earlier this year, Labour commissioned the chief executive of the country's biggest house builder to lead a study of the decline in home ownership - the main reason politicians are worried about housing these days.

The Redfern Review has been published today. It shouldn't be a great surprise that its conclusions don't fit completely with our views - there's very little comment on the needs of private renters - but it does make an important contribution to the debate, and there's a lot we can agree on. Indeed, it takes a more objective approach than parties and industry players have done when they've tackled the same subject - there's refreshingly little dogma or evidence of Taylor Wimpey's commercial interests at play (though it plays down builders' profit-driven reluctance to build enough homes).

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Another result of London’s failed housing system – increased child poverty

Figures produced by the End Child Poverty Coalition this week show distressing levels of child poverty after housing costs are included, including within much of London.

The data breaks down levels of child poverty by parliamentary constituency, local authority, and local ward level, and shows that of the twenty constituencies with the highest levels of child poverty, seven are in London, while 11 out of 20 of the highest figures at local authority level are also in the capital.

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