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 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!
  • commented 2014-03-30 19:08:42 +0100
    6 students apply to rent a house. Before they can rent each student has to provide the Letting Agency with a Guarantor,resident in the UK, giving proof of identity and income. This is outrageous. It shows how private landlords demand to cover the costs of any mishaps. They take the money, but take no risks.
  • commented 2014-03-30 15:52:15 +0100
    bring back the fair rent act not only in the private sector but comercialy as well

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A lifetime of renting for more of us?

A flurry of news reports in the past week have told many of us what we're already thinking: more private renters are facing a lifetime of renting. 

First, the Resolution Foundation said that, in ten years' time, 90% of under-35s on modest incomes will be renting for life. 

Then, PwC said 40% of Londoners will be renting from a private landlord by 2025. 

And today, the government-commissioned English Housing Survey found that 57% of private renters expect to buy their home - down from 61% in the previous year's report.

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Wales passes a new Rented Homes Act

The Renting Homes Act for Wales passed through the Assembly at the end of 2015, but the end result was quite different from the initial Bill.

The Welsh Assembly has 60 Assembly Members (AMs) but the Welsh Labour Government only holds 30 of those seats. That means that every Bill has to have approval from one of the opposition parties – Plaid or the Lib Dems– or it won’t go through.

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Will the Lords or London's next Mayor strengthen renters' rights?

Renters never really know where they'll live in 12 months' time. Even if your landlord is a charity, charging reasonable rent and letting you turn their property into a home, they could quietly sell up to a landlord who will just evict you and sell your home to the highest bidder.

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A Renters Union?

When we launched Vote Homes we called on the candidates to take action on rents, housebuilding, security and conditions.

But we also asked for something a bit more fundamental: for the next Mayor to commit to meeting regularly with renters groups.

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Spinning the roulette wheel

If you ever wonder why we as a nation are "obsessed" with home ownership when people happily rent for life in Germany and the Netherlands, consider the number of ways you can lose your home as a renter.

Even if you pay the rent on time, take care of the property, and learn your neighbours' names, you can be forced to move if the landlord decides to sell up, raise the rent to a level you can't afford, or just doesn't renew the tenancy. 

A new poll from BMG finds that 27% of current and former private renters have experienced an unwanted move.

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London is a 'mare for renters

LONDON NEEDS A MAYOR FOR RENTERS

Today, with 100 days to the London Mayoral election, we have launched www.votehomes2016.com, as the place to go if you want to know who is promising what to fix the city's housing crisis. 

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Join our campaign for fairer tenancies

This morning, the local community in Herne Hill stopped bailiffs from evicting a 69-year-old private tenant from her home of seven years.

Her landlord, Manaquel, served her with a no-fault eviction notice which gave her no option but to move out or sit and wait to be forced out by the bailiffs.

After a notice to quit, a possession order, and a warrant from the court, the bailiffs arrived today at 9:30 to be met by 20 neighbours and local campaigners who sent them on their way.

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Longer tenancies: busting some myths

Earlier this week we launched .

Achieving this is going to entail hacking through a thicket of special interests. Where it’s not the landlord replacing tenants every six months, it’s letting agents who want their annual renewal fee, or mortgage lenders demanding easy access to the property if the landlord does a runner.

Even deposit protection schemes - government-licensed organisations which supposedly exist to protect tenants - are throwing up roadblocks to reform by spreading misinformation. 

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Housing & Planning Bill: the good bits, the bad bits, and the silence

The Housing and Planning Bill has been announced and is making its way through the Commons. The government is using the legislation to drive through some major changes that threaten to weaken social housing and harm the poorest members of society.

But they're also embarking on some much-needed changes to the private rented sector which should help to root out illegal practices and improve renters' homes. 

The Bill is silent on security for renters. At a time when millions of us have no option but to rent privately, we need to start having some protection from eviction on a landlord's whim: today we launched a petition calling for this. Please sign it and help us persuade politicians to give everyone a stable home.

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Don't let mess get in the way of your deposit

This is a guest post from Joanna White of Property Principles. To write for our blog, please contact us.

Moving house is stressful enough - finding a suitable flat, packing up your things, trying to avoid paying double rent for too long. And then there's the question of whether you'll get your deposit back. 

According to the Tenancy Deposit Service, 56 per cent of deposit disputes are about cleaning.  Many of these end with tenants losing all or most of their deposit.  It’s in everyone’s interests to reduce the number of cleaning disputes. Here are my tips for avoiding disagreements when you hand over your keys:

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