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 15:13:05 +0100
    Foxwatcher, did you see my post from about 40 minutes ago? It seems to have disappeared from the main site but I can still get it on my phone. It was the one about me backing the mortgage of an FTB, and encouraging FTBs wherever possible. If you didnt see it thats a shame, as I’d hoped to put the word ‘selfish’ out of your mind when thinking of my actions. Some battles we will never win. While I see your point, you dont appear to see mine. That is a shame. Whether you believe it or not, I think we ultimately might want many of the same things.
  • commented 2015-10-07 15:08:04 +0100
    James, R, I accept the apology about the mistaken post. Don’t you just love technology?! However, I don’t accept obscenity or being called a liar, and this is why I’m not carrying on past this post. My points are valid. You all need to understand the harm you are doing to an innocent generation, largely for your own selfish benefit. Good afternoon, finally.
  • commented 2015-10-07 15:01:55 +0100
    I accept all that Stephen including the reference to slanging match. I want people like Foxwatcher to just open their minds and look at the facts, there is no call for some of the less savoury remarks made. Nevertheless I challenge Generation Rent to show the example I sent on their site so that people such as FW can see they are misguided in terms of their understanding of returns on investments and so forth. Alas GR will almost certainly not do this as it undermines the message they’ve been putting out there for years. They have campaigned for the limiting of mortgage interest relief and the result will be catastrophic for families and individuals in the private rented sector. Rents will escalate significantly but many landlords will exit altogether or sell the properties that cannot take rent increases (particularly the tenants on housing benefits). In my extended example I showed an argument to say that it could be as many as 2.4 million people (though the example was taken from someone else). I personally believe that the very smallest number of displaced people will be in excess of 200,000 people. This is a dreadful situation. FW may well think this is a good thing because he will likely argue that it will cause house prices to fall to the level that FTB’s can buy at, but it is simply not the case for 3 reasons: 1. The tenant FTB’s will be paying higher rents and therefore have to save much longer for a deposit. 2. Lenders will not lend readily if house prices are dropping so FTB’s may need to put in a much larger deposit. 3. Any extra tax on a sector or product will have a knock-on effect. Much like if diesel escalates in price then people buying a car will look more favourably towards a petrol vehicle, the result is that manufacturers will sense greater demand and increase the price for them. The same will, in time, follow on with houses because of the tax change. It just adds pressure on house price inflation and to some extent or other will help to boost them. The only winner here lives at No 11 Downing Street and it seems he doesn’t care a jot for the tenants to be evicted, especially after many of them will already be hit with the changes to tax credits.
  • commented 2015-10-07 14:57:28 +0100
    Foxwatcher – please disregard my last post as my phone seems to have re-posted an earlier message. Apologies.

    What I actually intended to post this time was that I opened up to you honestly and with reasoned explanation yet THAT was your last answer? Seriously?? Surely you can see the points we are making and the people we are serving??
  • commented 2015-10-07 14:56:21 +0100
    Stephen, you are also clearly not understanding my main issue. This is that BTL landlords take properties from a whole generation of prospective FTBs. Our future. I’m not talking here about rental charges, nor good or bad landlords. And I don’t disagree with some of the views you state, but that’s not the issue I want to talk about. The fact that no-one stays on topic here tells its own story.
  • commented 2015-10-07 14:53:25 +0100
    Rugmuncher. I notice you make no attempt whatsoever to back up your points from a credible source nor to explain why my points are invalid. Just to be clear, you’ve made assumptions about a complete stranger that are wholly incorrect, based on your own embittered prejudice, and you think professionals who want a quality short-term rent should go down the council?? Classic. Apparently, you are allowed to have savings and a pension but I’m not? (That’s a bit dictatorial for a caring and sympathetic lefty, isn’t it?). And my cheap rents and beautiful houses that people love are a blight on people who DONT WANT to buy? Why do you suppose – if you can think this through – that people have left my properties for council houses only to ask me if they can come back?? Yes, you’re definitely a credible person worthy of hearing more from. Do demonstrate further which village is missing it’s idiot.

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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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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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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 lettingfees.co.uk, 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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