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 2014-04-01 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
  • commented 2014-03-30 09:22:21 +0100
    Will this encourage private landlords to look after their properties more as I have that situation and they know about the disrepair
  • posted about this on Facebook 2014-03-29 21:42:46 +0000
    If you rent your home you should have a look at this

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MPs to debate making rented homes fit for humans

When a tenant has a landlord who refuses to make repairs to the property, the local council should be their next port of call. Unfortunately, local council environmental health teams are woefully under-resourced and many cases of unsafe housing slip through the net - there are an estimated 16% physically unsafe privately rented homes. 

Where the council doesn't take action, it is technically possible for the tenant to take their landlord to court - but only if their rent is below £80 - a year. There is a requirement for landlords to ensure that homes are fit for human habitation but it's limited to rent levels last set in 1957.

Karen Buck MP is setting out today to change that.  

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Starter homes: another attempt to ignore the housing crisis

"Generation Buy". Doesn’t quite have the same ring to it. For baby boomers and Generation X, buying a home was taken for granted, and no one calls those cohorts "Generation Buy". But David Cameron seems fond of the phrase and if it means that he’ll stretch every sinew to make it happen, fine.

First time buyer numbers plummeted a decade ago from a peak of 600,000 to 300,000 today, hence the rise of generation rent. Most private renters still want to buy a home, and the government recognises this; George Osborne said before this year’s election that he wants to double the annual number of new home owners.

But the Prime Minister won’t change anything about home ownership with the policy he talked about in his speech to Conservative Party Conference. “Starter homes” are his latest wheeze, following the failure of Help to Buy to revive aspiring home owners’ fortunes. These privately built homes will be sold at a 20% discount to first time buyers. If house prices keep rising at current trends, that means that in 2018, you’ll be able to buy a new-build flat at 2015 prices. Sorry Dave, but I won’t be opening the champagne quite yet.

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People's Housing Conference - an update

Generation Rent was due to present a workshop at the first People's Housing Conference next Saturday. Unfortunately this has been postponed.

There are a couple of events coming up - World Homeless Action Day and MIPIM - that activists can get involved with. More details and a full statement are available on the People's Housing Conference website.

Know your rights as a UK tenant

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Each year 1.5 million private renter households move home - that's about a third of the renter population. And each year, around 200,000 people move into private renting for the first time.

Whether you're moving out of your childhood home, or this is your fifth move in as many years, make sure you're aware of your rights. We have worked with the TDS Foundation to produce a guide to your rights as a tenant. The position of renters is slowly improving - today protections against revenge evictions come into force and landlords are required to fit smoke alarms - but it is still easy to get ripped off if you aren't prepared.

Printed copies of the guide are available from Generation Rent on request.

Once you've brushed up, test yourself with a quiz we've put together with the Mirror.

 

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Improve renting in Wales: your help needed

The Welsh Assembly is debating a Bill that would reform the private rented sector. There are bits that are good about it but also bits that are bad, so renters in Wales need to make their voices heard to make sure the legislation actually improves things. 

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"Success" looks like 1 million new homes

Tonight, BBC One's Inside Out looks at the housing shortage and the desperate need to build more homes. This morning's headlines quote the housing minister Brandon Lewis telling the programme that success for the government on housebuilding would be building 1 million more homes by the end of the Parliament. 

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Generation Rent lives to fight another day

Generation Rent has raised enough money to keep campaigning for private renters across the UK, amassing nearly £18,000 in donations.

A month ago our future looked very bleak, with no guarantee that we would be able to survive past September. The team here has thrown everything we had at fundraising and we have been humbled by the response. 

Since we launched our emergency crowdfunding campaign at the end of July, 371 people have donated a total of £17,982. With our grant from the Joseph Rowntree Reform Trust of £45,500, these funds allow us to continue our work in London and nationally with a team of two: director Betsy Dillner and communications manager Dan Wilson Craw.  

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How to fight a rent hike in 10 steps

There's a lot of muttering right now from the landlord lobby that they'll be putting up rents because of changes to the tax regime and expected increases in interest rates. 

The threats would sound scarier if rents weren't already going up faster than inflation. The fact is many landlords will use any excuse to put up the rent when they get the chance. Many others value their tenants, and won't. 

If you face a rent hike, you don't need to accept it. We've put together a 3 minute video on what to do to avoid paying too much.

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Renters pay £30 a week for government housing failure

Inflation is one of those annoying things that you just have to accept and deal with - the official target is, after all, 2%. But that gives the government no excuse to allow rents to go up the way they have.

Since 1998-99, when the government started collecting data on housing costs in the Family Resources Survey, the Consumer Price Index (CPI), the measure they currently use for inflation, has risen by 38%. In the same period, the median weekly rent (according to the FRS) has gone up by 80%. If rents had just matched inflation, renters would be an average of £30 better off a week.

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A huge boost for our campaign

We're at the halfway stage of our campaign and although we have reached our minimum thanks to the generosity of our supporters we still have a long way to go to reach our £60,000 target. 

However, we can announce today that Generation Rent has been awarded a grant from the Joseph Rowntree Reform Trust Ltd. The grant of £45,500 will support our campaign for rent controls ahead of the GLA elections in 2016.   

The Trust exists to correct imbalances of power and strengthen the hand of organisations striving for reform. As the grant is intended for this particular campaign, it does not count towards our wider crowdfunding effort. It is nevertheless a huge boost to our organisation.

Every pound we receive takes us a step closer to a private rented sector that works for everyone. Please donate today.

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