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 2015-10-07 11:30:10 +0100
    James and James, fine words trying to defend your indefensible positions. Do you have children who have saved for a deposit for years, desperate to buy their own property who can’t get on the housing ladder due to leeches like you two? And apparently despite that, you can’t afford the lifestyles you choose to pursue. I think you need to reassess your priorities, consider others and not hide behind altruistic gobbledegook. If you weren’t making a bomb, you wouldn’t buy and do up properties just for the good of others. You’re profiting at the expense of those less fortunate than yourselves, and trying to justify it, Your posts up here are permanent proof of this. I wouldn’t bother answering this, as you’ll only make yourselves look more and more greedy. Leave bring a landlord to a reputable organisation that understands it and is not in it for personal profit.
  • commented 2015-10-07 07:00:04 +0100
    Oh Foxwatcher it is not I with blinkers. Let’s correct you on the lifestyle you assume I have but firstly thank you for the prompt about banking. I haven’t been on online banking for several days and there are many invoices I have to pay (all property related). I have no 4×4. My wife has an old Toyota Corolla and I have an old van. We’ve not had a foreign holiday for 5 years and not even been away at all this year. Indeed if you saw me in my normal working gear you may well mistake me for a tramp. I am a hands on landlord that understands property, understands the market and understands the needs of my tenants. You clearly are none of these and don’t really know what you’re talking about my old chum. Like I said I don’t have any houses that would be of interest to a FTB but now I will have to evict several families that are settled in their homes, kids are in local schools and so forth. Yes we most certainly do need more housing for youngsters but this tax will not help them in any way. Paul Johnson, one of the most senior and respected economists in the country has pointed that out, or do you know more than him too? I understand that you think BTL is wrong, that’s fine. It’s your opinion and you are very welcome to it, but are you so distorted in your views that you want to see families uprooted and kids having to change schools? The social impact of this tax change is horrendous but you’re just so biased you don’t care who it hurts.
  • commented 2015-10-07 01:10:30 +0100
    Fox watcher, you really haven’t got the faintest idea about reality and have arguments based only on assumptions you’ve imagined for your own narrow-minded view of the world.

    Let’s examine your comments more closely.

    1. You think tax rates above 100% of income are fair? Perhaps you’d take a different view if it happened in your industry as no one in the western world with a brain cell can see justice in that.

    2. You think all housing should be social/council/university? Really? So the young professionals building a career, or moving to the city for the first time, or wanting a short-term let, or sharing with friends for fun, or post-divorce, or who have a home elsewhere, or are in the country short-term etc etc etc… they should all be in council housing? What if anyone, anywhere, wants to CHOOSE where to live rather than be told? What if their aspiration is for more space or much higher quality than a council is offering? What if they have the means and don’t fancy living in a council house? And you do realise that university accomodation is increasingly being supplied by large corporations – all out for a profit far bigger than that enjoyed by your private landlord?

    3. What would you know of my car, my bank account, or where I go on holiday? Did I make any assumptions about your financial position? And you do realise there are wealthy tenants too, right?

    4. The vast majority of private landlords are not the make-believe Disney villains of the press’s (and your) easily-fed imagination. They are firemen, nurses, teachers, driving instructors, writers, the elderly and many many others who don’t have any sort of savings or pension provision. Good to know you want all these people to be impoverished unnecessarily and state-dependent for their futures. Yes, that’ll help!

    5. Your assessment of the poor FTB getting squeezed out is like something out of The Guardian. They regularly beat me to properties as they have no business expenses to consider and can thus pay more. Their 5% deposit helps against my 20-25%. Oh and I already buy society a hospital each year whereas Im not sure what your FTB contributes. I’m pretty sure they’re not buying derelict houses and then spending £25k a time working to make them into a quality home for someone who didn’t fancy putting in the risk, or the hours.

    None of your fantasy arguments stand up to scrutiny. I worked and saved until I was 30 to get my first home then worked and saved a whole lot more to invest my earnings wisely so that I wasn’t a burden on everyone else. Only people like you get to think of this as being a bad thing! Hilarious!
  • commented 2015-10-06 20:40:04 +0100
    James McKindley’s 19:09 shows just how blinkered buy to let owners are. “There’s no study, so what you say can’t be true”. I’ve seen it with my own eyes in my locality and elsewhere many times, James. Recently, a private house came on the market. The first day of viewing brought 18 people. 17 of these were prospective buy to let buyers, with guaranteed mortgages. The 18th, who wanted to buy his first home, stood no chance, so had to go back to his rented place, lining his landlord’s pocket even more. There are many other examples, so stop denying what is plain common sense. FYI, if rental properties were owned as I’d described earlier, the profits made by those organisations could and should be put straight back into building more properties, to help with the issues on the lack of building over the last 30 years. I agree with much of what Doreen says on this subject. James, you need to stop being completely selfish, stop checking your bank account every five minutes, stop having so many foreign holidays and weekends away, sell the spare 4×4 and all the other trappings of your pampered life. Sell a couple of your cheaper places at cost price to young families desperate to own their place, and maybe, just maybe, you’ll begin to do something with your life for someone else. This is a bigger subject that it’s possible to discuss here, but just think of the consequences on the younger generation of your activities, which are designed solely to make your life more comfortable for little work,
  • 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.

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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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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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Minimum acceptable living standards in London - and how housing costs cut right through them

This week Trust for London, in conjunction with Loughborough University, published their latest report on a Minimum Income Standard (MIS) for London - with figures updated from their first report in 2015, and with a focus in this research on families.

The MIS compares costs between London and the rest of the UK to show the difference between the minimum needed for an acceptable standard of living - with that minimum based on a list of goods discussed and agreed upon by the public.

We can draw many conclusions from the report, and though it should surprise no one that the cost of housing is a major differential between London and the rest of the UK, the research shows that the rising cost of private rents in the lower end of the market stops a large number of households achieving the MIS.

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