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 2015-03-10 08:02:34 +0000
    Is it the Private Rental sector or the Social Housing sector that Generation Rent should be campaigning about. The Social Housing sector issue 5 times more S21’s than the private sector and this article shows that they are more likely to evict vulnerable tenants. At a time when the Private Rental Sector has overtaken the Social Housing sector these figures to not look encouraging.

    Are councils favouring bailiffs in rent arrear cases?
    Warren Lewis
    Warren Lewis
    09 Mar 2015

    According to a think tank, councils have been accused of turning to bailiffs and the courts rather than helping people in rent arrears.

    The Independent has reported that recent research suggests councils are more likely to engage in aggressive enforcement action rather than offer affordable payment options to struggling tenants.

    Mike O’Connor, chief executive of StepChange, said: “It is shocking that many councils are less likely to be helpful to people in debt than banks are, and are more likely to take people to court. The growth in people struggling with their council tax bills is only outstripped by growth in problems caused by payday loans.”

    The number of people contacting the charity with council tax arrears has increased 372% in the last five years and over the same period the average amount owed has risen £157, he said.

    A survey of the charity’s clients found that even when people engaged with their council they faced tough action. After speaking to the council, 62 per cent had still been threatened with court action, 51% had been threatened with bailiffs.

    Meanwhile only 25% were offered an affordable payment option and a measly 13% were encouraged to get debt advice.

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    The charity is calling on the government to change to the Council Tax Administration and Enforcement Act 1992 to place guidance on a stronger legal footing, including ensuring that councils should evidence that they have tried to pursue an affordable repayment plan

    Ensure consistent incentives and messages to councils that reinforce the need for and importance of affordable payment solutions.

    It has also demanded a new individual protection against enforcement of unaffordable repayments for people seeking help with their debts.

    Mr O’Connor added: “Councils need to pursue debts but they must have a responsible and proportionate approach to dealing with people in arrears and not default to aggressive enforcement that often only serves to deepen debt problems. There are examples of good practice such as Leeds City Council but all too often public authorities are neither behaving as responsibly as they should or using the best strategy to recover debt.”
  • commented 2015-03-05 19:24:59 +0000
    AS Green Party Candidate for the Rochdale constituency, I can say that I fully support your aims, and wish you all the very best. If elected, I will do my very best to support your aims, in parliament and elsewhere. I fully support the Green Party’s pledge to build a lot more social housing too.
  • commented 2015-02-28 19:07:18 +0000
    I am no idiot ie literate numerate and decent it skills but i struggle with on line systems set up for local housing association bidding its just stupid.
    More power to you hope u can get something out of the people like joseph rowntree foundation as the medium to long term effects of this will be people living atparental home arrested development single parenting general dysfunction which are all drivers of stress drug use alcohol misuse crime etc.
  • commented 2015-02-21 12:20:38 +0000
    My landlady turns up whenever she feels like and and often threatens with a notice of eviction if my clothes arent in my wardrobe. She also dictates how to keep the house in term of where furniture is placed. Yet the repairs to the property that needed doing before i moved in are still not done and its been 3 months now. And the appliances in the place don’t function as it stated in the contract. But when i bring this up nothing happens. Is there anything i can do?
  • commented 2015-02-15 23:06:41 +0000
    Make private rented accommodation subject to Business Rates instead of Council Tax. This would effectively end BTL overnight. Not only would this raise an extra £25bn per year, but it would rationalise and professionalise the residential side of the rental property market. Good for costs, and a better service for tenants.

    And no, landlords could not simply pass this tax increase on to tenants. They’d either have to swallow it or sell up.

    £25bn off VAT would reduce it to around 15% for the top rate. Which would not only help boost growth, but help the poorest.

    Of course replacing Business Rates with an LVT, would produce even better and fairer results.
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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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Here's another reason to boo rising house prices

I bet you thought rising house prices just made it more difficult for you to ever own your own home.

Well, it's even worse than that. 

Rising house prices increase your risk of being evicted. 

Already angry? Jump straight to our campaign page.

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The UK's first online landlord checking service

Paul Munday is the founder of RentProfile. For more useful websites for renters, visit our resources page.

A few years ago my brother David was the victim of a rental scam. It was this experience that led us to research the scale of the problem and start to think about ways to raise awareness and maybe even prevent this kind of fraud from happening in the first place.

We realised there is a compromise when seeking a rental today: either go through a letting agent which may charge excessive fees, or use a listings site where there's a chance of being scammed. It wasn't difficult to find fake listings on websites. Renters told us they were daunted by paying out thousands to a landlord (who is a stranger) but did so as they had little choice.

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Top 10 tips to cut your electricity bill

Thomas Karcher runs Kagoo.co.uk

With sky-high rents squeezing tenant’s budgets, bills are yet another unwelcome expense. However, it is possible to significantly reduce your electricity bill by following our Top 10 electricity saving tips.

1. Check your electricity tariff

As a tenant you are free to switch electricity suppliers without requiring permission from the landlord. Compare tariffs, duel fuel discounts and payment options to ensure you get the best deal.

Please note some agents try and tie tenants into energy deals with a preferred provider. Generation Rent would like to hear if you have been affected by this.

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The London Living Rent: Winners, Losers and the Rest of Us (Part 2 - tenancies)

In September, following the Mayor’s release of some details for this London Living Rent proposal, we blogged about concerns around how genuinely affordable this new tenure would be, and what was needed to ensure it was part of the solution to London’s housing crisis.

This follow-up piece looks at what wasn’t covered in the first blog – broadly, tenancy types – and how again they might best serve Londoners just looking for somewhere affordable and secure to live.

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Property industry tries to block government's best housing policy

With a new Prime Minister and a new Chancellor heavily modifying their predecessors’ policies on the deficit, “affordable” housing and schools, the property industry is hopeful that the government will pursue similar revisionism on its landlord tax policy.

The Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors this week called on the government to scrap the stamp duty surcharge on buy-to-let and second homes, while landlords have been in the High Court to challenge the withdrawal of mortgage interest tax relief for landlords paying higher rate income tax.

We’ve just learned that there will not be a judicial review of the government’s policy.

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Landlords and mortgages: what do we know?

Whenever you propose reform of private renting, the landlord lobby always says no, because "landlords couldn't afford it". Whether it's asking landlords to cover the cost of letting agent fees, to apply for a licence, to charge controlled rents, or to pay tax on their loans, we're asked to believe that they can't afford it. Then they threaten to raise rents - as if rents haven't already been outpacing inflation since the end of the recession.

This claim assumes that landlords are already paying large amounts of their revenue out again in costs. Some of them are, but we point out that the majority are not, because they don't have a mortgage.

For example, an interest-only mortgage of £150,000 at 4% costs £6000 a year. Rent on the £200,000 property bought with that mortgage might get you £10,000. Two thirds of private rented properties have no mortgage, and thus have significantly lower costs and capacity to absorb new regulatory requirements.

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Don't be fooled: Help to Buy is still dangerous

Yesterday, the Chancellor, Philip Hammond, confirmed that the Help to Buy Mortgage Guarantee scheme would wind up at the end of the year. This was arguably the more controversial of the two Help to Buy schemes announced in the 2013 Budget, but it was originally meant to last only 3 years. And with it gone, we're still left with a Help to Buy loan scheme that is highly counterproductive to any efforts to fix the housing crisis.

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