Our Campaigns

Generation Rent campaigns to change the way renting works across the country. There are now over 11 million renters in England, and too many are getting a bad deal on something that should be their basic right – a decent, secure, professionally managed and affordable place to live. There are clear ways we can improve private renting, but we need your help.

By taking part in our campaigns, you can help show the government that there is public support for making renting work for the tenants it is supposed to serve. We have already won big victories, but there is still more to do. 

Stop landlords making people homeless

We, the undersigned, call on the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government to give private renters stability and certainty in their homes by requiring landlords to give a reason for evicting a tenant, to compensate evicted tenants who are not at fault, and not to raise the rent by more than inflation.

Is your landlord legit? Support a national register

We, the undersigned, call on the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government to help local authorities identify and prosecute criminal landlords, protect tenants from exploitation and improve the reputation of professional and law-abiding landlords by introducing a national register of landlords.  

End electrocutions: demand safe rented homes

We, the undersigned, call on the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government to require the regular, compulsory inspection and testing of electrical installations and appliances in all types of private rented homes, and tenants to be provided with copies of inspection and testing reports.

Ask the Government to ban rip-off letting agent fees

We, the undersigned, call on the Secretary of State for Business to:

  • acknowledge that the hundreds of pounds tenants have to pay letting agents discourages them from moving out of unsuitable properties, creating a grossly inefficient market;
  • acknowledge that because tenants choose homes based not on the letting agent but on the rent, location and condition of the property, transparency over fees is unlikely to drive them down;
  • acknowledge that letting agents should only charge fees to their customer, the landlord; and therefore
  • ban the charging of fees by letting agents to tenants.

 

Ban revenge evictions

VICTORY FOR RENTERS

In March 2015, the government amended the Deregulation Bill to outlaw the use of no-fault evictions when local councils upheld complaints about the condition of a tenant's property. That means that landlords will be unable to get rid of tenants who complain about leaks, mould or disrepair through so-called revenge evictions. 

The decision followed a campaign by Shelter, Crisis, Citizens Advice, Generation Rent and GMB Young London - and Sarah Teather MP - and involved 700 emails from Generation Rent supporters to MPs and ministers. 

Revenge evictions are one of the ugliest aspects of the private rented sector and lead to many tenants being frightened to request repairs because they fear losing their home. The government's decision to ban them will help millions of people.  

Tenants still need local councils to take action in order to be protected, and landlords can still evict tenants without giving a reason in other circumstances - so there is more that we need to do. But this victory for renters shows what can be achieved by people power.

Background:

Read Venice Allan's story

Read about a setback for the campaign in November 2014

The rent's too high: 21st century rent control

We, the undersigned, call on Parliament to implement a system of rent controls that provides respite to tenants who in many cases are paying extortionate portions of their incomes on rents. We urge Parliament to recognise renters are near breaking point and to take action on this speedily.

Oppose the expansion of Right to Buy

We, the undersigned, call on Her Majesty's Government to stop the planned extension of the Right to Buy to housing associations, and to ensure that extra public money available for housing is spent on building new homes, not hand outs.