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
  • @rechendasmith tweeted link to this page. 2014-07-01 09:16:35 +0100
    Join Generation Rent to improve renting for all in the UK. http://www.generationrent.org/?recruiter_id=7426
  • commented 2014-06-25 12:52:31 +0100
    We are looking to create a place where tenants can have a voice. Currently just for students in Liverpool; we’re going nationwide soon http://residentreview.co.uk/
  • commented 2014-06-24 23:59:49 +0100
    Regulation has got to change. Working parents or anyone who has had a change in circumstance need longer tenancies. Generations of children will be effected by the upheval and stress unplanned moves create. Agents fees need to be scrapped. I have just watched the BBC panorama documentary , and I was saddended by what I saw. Why is there no law or regulation in place to prevent poor housing being given to people in the private sector.
    Why is it that there are many boarded up pubs “eyesores” just sitting there in our local towns etc? Why cant the council and developers act quickly and demolish to build homes for people?
  • posted about this on Facebook 2014-06-24 20:56:07 +0100
    Join Generation Rent to improve renting for all in the UK.
  • posted about this on Facebook 2014-06-23 23:27:53 +0100
    Join Generation Rent to improve renting for all in the UK.
  • commented 2014-06-18 19:53:49 +0100
    Good evening

    I am a landlord of 17 years – I look after single person households – I do not charge letting fees, nor a deposit and you can give me a week’s notice to leave! Despite this many of my tenants stay for years and years! look us up on www.safrh.co.uk.

    I am passionate about what I do and have the will and the infrastructure to expand throughout the UK – but I can’t get funding – not because the PRS model I run does not earn a profit for the investors but that simply investors like the top end frothy market and not the ordinary end of things!

    I appled for the Government Build to Rent Fund got through the first round was a housing model to be supported and then was rejected at the 11th hour in favour of the high net worth development companies.

    I have local councils begging me to put a safrh home in their borough and I can do this – but not till I’m funded.

    Perhaps ‘people power’ will get me the funding I need to give single person households a long term place which is a home which they can decorate , only get an annual rent increase and not every year either! and you can live there if you want for ever! It is social affordable and geared to make living with us a very positive experience – read our independent tenant survey……………. we make sure that for the single person with only 1 wage coming into the house that all utilities are as cheap as possible and everyone shares one standing charge and there are no sign up fees or any hidden extras………………………

    www.safrh.co.uk

    lets not only be heard lets get the right people to be landlords – there are some and I am one!!!

    canvass your MP or who you can if you like what you read about us and can see how we can help – if we get funded we can get building

    you can ring me on 01428 68 2589 or Cameron on 01323 640292

    Maggie

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