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.pngProvide opportunities for private renters to campaign on issues that affect them and their local areas
  • hwh-4.pngWork with affiliates towards achieving the aims of Generation Rent
  • commented 2016-02-07 16:50:14 +0000
    James R and Paul, I think it’s all posts today that you’d expect to go on to page 2 that are disappearing. Maybe they’ll be back tomorrow? I thought I’d answered that question, James. I have no problem with rental properties as such. There need to be many, for many different and good reasons, and short term temporary relocation such as you describe is one. But the owners should NOT be private individuals, nor any profit making firm or association. Let’s refer to my preferred owners as NPFs (Non-Profit Firms) and they could include, but not be restricted to, local councils, housing associations, charities, national governmental departments, universities, maybe some large multi national companies who need to move staff internationally (but that needs a bit of thought) and similar bodies. They should be properly and strongly regulated to provide the quality you describe. But any/all profits after maintenance and running costs from either rental income, or more likely capital appreciation, should be used by the NPFs to build new properties within their catchment area. This money should not go to private individuals to fund their lifestyle or retirement. This would continue the funding for the building industry and contribute to the economy, but would stop BTLs buying properties for their own gain and continually denying younger people the opportunity to buy their own home.
    Likewise, I have no issue with pension funds etc. making money from the building sector. That’s what capitalism should be about, benefitting those who contribute. I do have a problem with one individual taking rental income to profit from the capital gain on a property. It’s selfish and greedy. You wouldn’t, presumably, mug a pensioner at a cashpoint to finance an evening out – why do essentially the same to the younger generation where they live?
    Classic cars and other investments are different – I don’t have to have a Bugatti so can choose to ignore that market, but I do need to live somewhere, and why should a private landlord profit from that? Likewise, I can choose which supermarket to shop at, or use a food bank maybe, so that’s not a correct comparison.
    I hope that answers your two simple questions.
  • commented 2016-02-07 15:51:32 +0000
    It seems it’s my comments that have mysteriously disappeared.

    Fox Watcher, one thing we genuinely agree on is landlord quality. Some ARE shockingly bad and I hate those people as much as you do. Higher quality and lower rents are precisely what the good or professional landlords seek to provide. Standards must be higher and vigorously enforced.

    But to both you and PT, who want the immediate end of private rented property, Im still seeking answers to my two reasonable points. Where do the shorter-term renters who choose that option go? Where would you house me on my 1-year contract 200 miles from home – presumably you’ve thought about it? And how is it possible for landlords to buy every new build whilst simultaneously not contributing to the economy?!
    Also, why should it be mandatory in your eyes to have a pension that profits long term through company speculation, including builders and banks (and rentiers like British Land and Land Securities) but not one that profits long term as an individual investment? It’s ok if I make £50k over 10 years on a classic car or a painting, but not if I provide someone a quality home that they want and love?
  • commented 2016-02-07 14:56:05 +0000
    I notice that some comments are disappearing from this forum after a few minutes. Is this because of moderation or is this site buggy?
  • commented 2016-02-07 14:46:11 +0000
    By the way, James, as your memory is a little selective today, I did say in our previous discussion that I was happy to accept that you may not be making a huge profit day to day on your income from your rental empire, but that your major financial killing would be made at some future point when you sold up. Meanwhile, your tenants are financing the means necessary for you to do this. I’m sure you’re happy to be corrected – you’re very keen that people read things thoroughly after all.
  • commented 2016-02-07 14:28:20 +0000
    Well James McKindley, what can I say? Generation Rent is a bridge, pass over it, but build no house there.
  • commented 2016-02-07 14:27:24 +0000
    It breaks my heart to say this but I am sick and tired of having to listen to fat cat rentiers whinging on and on about their profit margins.

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Labour signs up to #endsection21

We kind of knew this already, but Labour is officially backing our campaign to end Section 21 and will scrap landlords' ability to evict tenants without giving a reason. It was reported by the BBC this morning, was part of the shadow Housing Secretary John Healey's speech in the conference centre, and then a motion on housing that included it was passed.

This follows members of the End Unfair Evictions doing a lot of work behind the scenes to successfully get local Labour parties to support the motion.

An even bigger piece of news was a £20m pot to jumpstart tenants' unions in the UK, reported by the Independent

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Before you rent: How to protect your legal rights

Finding a flat to rent in England can be tough. The stress only compounds when things don’t go as planned. When I lived in London, I got caught out when my landlord insisted on “renegotiating” the tenancy terms after I had paid a holding deposit (a troublingly common practice in the market).

Here are twelve things tenants can do to protect their rights, which helped me succeed in my legal claim against my landlord.

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Cabinet split over tenancy reform

On Wednesday, the Sun reported that 10 Downing Street and the Treasury are blocking moves to legislate for longer tenancies.

Although the recently closed consultation left open the question of making the new tenancy mandatory or voluntary, the same newspaper had previously reported that the Housing Secretary, James Brokenshire, wanted all tenants to get it.

That sets up a big internal government battle over tenants' rights as the Conservative Party worries more and more about winning over younger voters. 

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Public backs better security for renters

As the consultation period on the government's proposals for longer tenancies draws to a close - the deadline to respond is this Sunday - we are handing in our End Unfair Evictions petition to the Ministry of Housing today. It passed 50,000 signatures on Tuesday, helped along by #VentYourRent.

And if that wasn't enough to make the government pay attention, new polling from Survation finds that our demands have the backing of the wider public, including Conservative voters.

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No-fault evictions drive up homelessness

Section 21 is the leading cause of statutory homelessness. This law allows evictions with no reason needed, and this is one more reason why we should scrap it.

To some extent, this is stating the bleeding obvious. Since 2012, the end of a private tenancy has been the leading cause of homelessness cases accepted by local authorities, but until now no one has specifically pointed the finger at Section 21. Today, we've been able to demonstrate it.

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Source: Ministry of Housing

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Proof that millions of renters are failed by unfair rental laws

The latest English Housing Survey was out last week, and the results are further evidence for what we’ve been arguing for years: England’s rental laws are making life insecure and expensive for growing numbers of people.  

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Four early victories for the End Unfair Evictions campaign

It is less than a month since we launched our joint campaign - with ACORN, the New Economics Foundation and the London Renters Union - to end section 21 no-fault evictions, and we've already had some major successes. 

Here are four things we can celebrate already.

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A victory on tenant security, but the campaign continues

After reports in the Sunday papers, late yesterday afternoon the Ministry of Housing published its long-awaited consultation paper on "Overcoming Barriers to Longer Tenancies in the Private Rented Sector".

It allows us a moment to celebrate the first success of the End Unfair Evictions campaign: an acceptance by the government that private tenancy law is failing England's tenants - just as our petition passes 40,000 signatures

Leaving the detail of the policy to one side for now, it is significantly the first time the government has considered a change to tenancy law. Up to now ministers have been talking of merely "encouraging" landlords to offer better terms - while most landlords might do this, a lot of tenants would get no benefit. We have been arguing that we need full reform and, while incentives are still an option, mandatory reform is now on the table.

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Protection from revenge evictions a postcode lottery

This week we launched the End Unfair Evictions coalition with ACORNLondon Renters Union, and New Economics Foundation. We're calling for an end to Section 21, which allows landlords to evict tenants without needing a reason. 

One reason we're doing is that existing protections are not working in practice.

Back in 2014/15, we fought a hard campaign alongside Shelter, GMB Young London and others to give tenants basic protection from eviction when they complained about their landlord. 

The resulting measures in the Deregulation Act 2015 stopped landlords from serving a Section 21 eviction notice to tenants if the council had found hazards in the property and served an appropriate improvement notice on the owner. This protection lasted for 6 months and was meant to give tenants more confidence in getting their landlord to fix health and safety problems, because the landlord can no longer simply retaliate by kicking them out.

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New mayoral strategy develops plans for London's private renters

Two million tenants in London will welcome the fact that getting a fairer deal for private renters is one of the Mayor of London’s five priorities for housing in the London Housing Strategy, which was published at the end of May. Given that Sadiq Khan’s housing powers are highly limited, what is his strategy promising to private renters in London?

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