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
  • signed up 2014-04-10 00:53:20 +0100
  • commented 2014-04-02 15:18:21 +0100
    the tenant should not be paying a rent anywhere near the landlords mortgage repayments.otherwise they should have a mortgage themselves
    the fair rent act should be brought back both in the private and public sectors.
    I think it still applies to council social housing
  • commented 2014-04-02 11:00:01 +0100
    Just read the below from one of the pages on Generation Rent. I think it is a VERY GOOD IDEA.
    “For once, tenants should also have the right to demand references from Landlords, references – for example – from their last tenants. It goes both ways. It is fair for Landlords to get references to consider a prospective tenant but tenants should ‘also’ be able to check that their prospective landlords are not crooks, that they ‘are’ trustworthy people.”
  • commented 2014-04-02 10:50:20 +0100
    To answer to Richard’s proposal:

    Create a professional register for landlords so they can be blacklisted and the state can legally obtain their property/ies.
     - This could work if a “Name and Shame” page is created where people put the name of the landlord and also photos of the property with the damages and all other complaints not addressed within a reasonable time.
     - The Government may not immediately have the funds to invest in a scheme like this. However, if Generation Rent does a page to start up with, the Government may pick up the project.

    Create a rent cap for tenants that covers a landlord’s monthly mortgage repayment with a profit cap of 20%.
    - Not all landlords have a mortgage and some buildings have maintenance fees which go up every year.
    – All areas in London must have a specific rent gap according to the building the flat is in.

    Create a statutory underpinning for landlord and tenant rights and responsibilities. Regulate lettings agents.
    – Yes, very good. Agents pretend to give you a negotiated rent when in fact they are looking to get the highest possible rent from which they get a percentage for doing nothing, if they also act as managers for the flat. Currently Foxtons charge 20% from the rent paid to the Landlord to do nothing other than cause tensions between tenant and landlord, report back to the landlord (if they feel like it) any damages for which the landlord needs to pay out of his/her own rental income. Totally useless process as Foxtons, for example, bullies tenants so that no damages are reported and they can keep the Landlord happy.

    Create a legal underpinning for ‘fair wear and tear’.
    – Yes, definitely. Currently “wear and tear” is considered only if the tenant lived in the property for at least 3 years. If the property is in bad condition when moving in, the landlord expects the tenant to pay to put in the property in better condition. This is not fair at all.
    – False claims for damages should be punishable by law.

    Create a special court to quickly resolve landlord and tenant disputes. Introduce a new type of housing for renters alongside social housing.
    – Arbitration may work and it is cheaper. Yes to the new type of housing for renters. We are not protected at all and greedy landlords and agents are laughing all the way to the bank that they were able to take advantage on us.
    – Agent must also be held responsible for the aggravation of the issues between the Landlord and Tenant.

    Create a statutory underpinning for rental accommodation standards.
    YES.
    Set up a tenant’s register for bad landlords and agents.
    – Allagents.co.uk have a good website, however I never knew about them until recently when the trouble began. How do we get the word out there to prospective tenants to check on the status of an agent and landlord. Foxtons are all shiny and professionals, but very rotten inside. They completely mislead renters and take advantage of those who rent from overseas. When coming here the property is in terrible shape and they refuse to make any repairs so as to keep their Landlord (client) happy. They charge both the Landlord and the Tenants fees, playing both markets and not providing the complaints to the Landlord as and when they arise, thus frustrating the relationship between the parties. It must be made illegal!
  • commented 2014-04-01 23:56:51 +0100
    Create a professional register for landlords so they can be blacklisted and the state can legally obtain their property/ies.

    Create a rent cap for tenants that covers a landlord’s monthly mortgage repayment with a profit cap of 20%.

    Create a statutory underpinning for landlord and tenant rights and responsibilities.

    Regulate lettings agents.

    Create a legal underpinning for ‘fair wear and tear’.

    Create a special court to quickly resolve landlord and tenant disputes.

    Introduce a new type of housing for renters alongside social housing.

    Create a statutory underpinning for rental accommodation standards.

    Set up a tenant’s register for bad landlords and agents.
  • commented 2014-03-31 21:24:03 +0100
    Can we establish groups in different parts of London or hold regular monthly meetings? Social events where we discuss issues are very important. This way people can form contacts, find out information on their housing rights and keep up with the contacts from their own area. We can hold meetings in public places to decide how we can best approach landlords and their agents. The information can then be gathered all together and put forward to the MPs. Just an idea as we need rental market regulation ASAP! Landlords are becoming too greedy as Agents promise a high rent out of which they take a huge percentage for management. Not fair for the tenant who is left without a proper and fit apartment. Agents blame the Landlord when work is not done and the Tenant is still the loosing party, unless the Tenant has knowledge how to deal with such greedy people. Agents have too much of a free hand to manoeuvre the rental market. Not right!

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