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 2015-10-07 01:10:30 +0100
    Fox watcher, you really haven’t got the faintest idea about reality and have arguments based only on assumptions you’ve imagined for your own narrow-minded view of the world.

    Let’s examine your comments more closely.

    1. You think tax rates above 100% of income are fair? Perhaps you’d take a different view if it happened in your industry as no one in the western world with a brain cell can see justice in that.

    2. You think all housing should be social/council/university? Really? So the young professionals building a career, or moving to the city for the first time, or wanting a short-term let, or sharing with friends for fun, or post-divorce, or who have a home elsewhere, or are in the country short-term etc etc etc… they should all be in council housing? What if anyone, anywhere, wants to CHOOSE where to live rather than be told? What if their aspiration is for more space or much higher quality than a council is offering? What if they have the means and don’t fancy living in a council house? And you do realise that university accomodation is increasingly being supplied by large corporations – all out for a profit far bigger than that enjoyed by your private landlord?

    3. What would you know of my car, my bank account, or where I go on holiday? Did I make any assumptions about your financial position? And you do realise there are wealthy tenants too, right?

    4. The vast majority of private landlords are not the make-believe Disney villains of the press’s (and your) easily-fed imagination. They are firemen, nurses, teachers, driving instructors, writers, the elderly and many many others who don’t have any sort of savings or pension provision. Good to know you want all these people to be impoverished unnecessarily and state-dependent for their futures. Yes, that’ll help!

    5. Your assessment of the poor FTB getting squeezed out is like something out of The Guardian. They regularly beat me to properties as they have no business expenses to consider and can thus pay more. Their 5% deposit helps against my 20-25%. Oh and I already buy society a hospital each year whereas Im not sure what your FTB contributes. I’m pretty sure they’re not buying derelict houses and then spending £25k a time working to make them into a quality home for someone who didn’t fancy putting in the risk, or the hours.

    None of your fantasy arguments stand up to scrutiny. I worked and saved until I was 30 to get my first home then worked and saved a whole lot more to invest my earnings wisely so that I wasn’t a burden on everyone else. Only people like you get to think of this as being a bad thing! Hilarious!
  • commented 2015-10-06 20:40:04 +0100
    James McKindley’s 19:09 shows just how blinkered buy to let owners are. “There’s no study, so what you say can’t be true”. I’ve seen it with my own eyes in my locality and elsewhere many times, James. Recently, a private house came on the market. The first day of viewing brought 18 people. 17 of these were prospective buy to let buyers, with guaranteed mortgages. The 18th, who wanted to buy his first home, stood no chance, so had to go back to his rented place, lining his landlord’s pocket even more. There are many other examples, so stop denying what is plain common sense. FYI, if rental properties were owned as I’d described earlier, the profits made by those organisations could and should be put straight back into building more properties, to help with the issues on the lack of building over the last 30 years. I agree with much of what Doreen says on this subject. James, you need to stop being completely selfish, stop checking your bank account every five minutes, stop having so many foreign holidays and weekends away, sell the spare 4×4 and all the other trappings of your pampered life. Sell a couple of your cheaper places at cost price to young families desperate to own their place, and maybe, just maybe, you’ll begin to do something with your life for someone else. This is a bigger subject that it’s possible to discuss here, but just think of the consequences on the younger generation of your activities, which are designed solely to make your life more comfortable for little work,
  • commented 2015-10-06 20:20:37 +0100
    This is nothing new. I would love to go back to the 60s. This was when you saved up a deposit and went along to you friendly Building Society to secure a loan. All that was need was proof that you were in work. These days are gone. I live near Ashford, Kent. In that area there is much new building going on. One man bought up over 100 properties to let out.
  • commented 2015-10-06 20:13:26 +0100
    Sadly, under the Thatcher government the bulk of council houses were sold off. Many well below the market value. As I travel around the country the estates I once knew as “council” housing are now in private hands. There will always be those not in a position to “buy” and yet those houses sold off have not been replaced. Today, the need is as much as it was after the 2nd WW.
  • commented 2015-10-06 19:33:02 +0100
    No arguments from me there Doreen.

    On a different note this has just been flagged up to me by a friend. Well worth reading.
  • commented 2015-10-06 19:23:28 +0100
    Let us not confuse “council” housing with “social” housing. Local Councils build council houses. Social housing is provided by Social Housing groups. The earliest on record re “social” housing was the Peabody Trust. Peabody was a wealthy American and a friend of Charles Dickens. On a visit to London he was appalled at the dreadful conditions Londoners were living in and set up a “Trust” to build sound, decent homes for the people of London. His “trust” providing decent homes still continues today. There are many other Housing Associations today which provide decent living accommodation for many at affordable rents. The government, I believe, has no right to demand they “sell off” their stock. After, all providing decent affordable homes is what they exist for.

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Disrupting the market to help tenants

The internet has already shaken up the music industry, television, taxis and self-catering holidays. Investors are now looking for the next industry to disrupt with technology and property seems ripe for the picking. 

As the national voice of private renters, we agree that the property industry as it stands fails its consumers in too many ways, so things need to change. Even when we succeed in changing the law, like the forthcoming letting fees ban, we still need to ensure that it's implemented properly and the industry adapts in the right way. 

But we can't allow slick and revolutionary new services or initiatives to simply treat tenants as cash cows in the same way that many letting agents and landlords currently do. So this is what we think the market needs - and how the tenant should benefit.

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Lodgers need protection too

Where’s my deposit? It is no joking matter for nearly 300,000 tenants whose landlord has not protected their deposit.

This has left many out of pocket without a clue of how they will manage to raise another deposit - the average amount in London stands at £1040 for their next property.

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Landlord licensing works - yet the government is delaying renewal of the most successful scheme

Since the east London borough of Newham introduced mandatory borough-wide licensing of all private landlords in 2013, improvements in the sector have been indisputable. Criminal landlords are being driven out of the borough, standards and safety in the sector have improved and enforcement has dramatically increased.

Yet with the scheme due to expire on 31 December 2017, government is now more than four weeks overdue in making a decision on approval of a new, five-year scheme, to start in the new year.

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Tory conference announcements pull punches on housing crisis

At the General Election in June, Labour won a majority of the votes of the under-40s. This was a wake-up call for the Conservative Party, many of whose members are now filled with a new urgency to address this cohort's biggest concerns - including a rather large house-shaped one.

Their annual conference has duly been bursting with new housing policies, particularly for private renters. But while they are (for the most part) improvements, the proposals fail to address the urgency of the housing crisis.

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How new rent controls could work

The biggest talking point of Jeremy Corbyn's speech to Labour Party conference this week was rent controls. Since 2014 Labour has been proposing to limit rises in rents during tenancies, but there was something different this time around.

This is what the Labour leader said on Wednesday:

We will control rents - when the younger generation’s housing costs are three times more than those of their grandparents, that is not sustainable. Rent controls exist in many cities across the world and I want our cities to have those powers too and tenants to have those protections.

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Six reasons why today’s renters pay more than previous generations

The harsh reality of the UK’s sometimes savage housing market is that more people are renting their homes until later in life but paying more for the privilege of doing so than their parents did.

In England the number of private renters has increased from two million to 4.5 million between 1999 and 2015 while renting a home has been eating up a steadily increasing proportion of renters’ income, rising from 8% during the late 1960s to over 27% today, on average. Here we look at the key trends driving up rents across the nation in recent years.

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Landlord tax evasion - what do we know?

A few weeks ago, the London Borough of Newham revealed that 13,000 local landlords had failed to declare their rental income, prompting estimates that £200m of tax was being evaded in London alone.

Today, Parliament has published an answer from the Treasury Minister Mel Stride to Frank Field, who asked what assessment the government had made of this. The Minister directed him (and us) to this information on tax gaps (pp54-5).

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MPs debate letting fee ban

The ban on letting fees is currently the government's flagship policy to help renters, and we're currently waiting for a draft bill to be published, which follows a consultation that we and hundreds of our supporters responded to.

In the meantime, MPs gave us a taste of how the legislation will proceed in Parliament yesterday morning by debating the subject for the first time since last year's Autumn Statement.

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London Housing - a new opportunity to push for greater security

Delayed from August, this week saw the publication of the London Mayor's draft housing strategy, which is now open for consultation for three months.

Covering all housing policy from leasehold reform to tackling street homelessness, the strategy also has a specific section devoted to the private rented sector. With a quarter of London's children in the private rented sector, and millions of renters living in poverty, we all know how urgently action is needed.

We'll be coming back to parts of the strategy in the coming weeks, but here we just focus on the main headlines for renters.

The strategy builds on the Mayor's manifest commitment and previous public statements, and although the Mayor lacks the powers to fundamentally transform London's PRS, there are nonetheless some steps forward and potential to go further.

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The Other Waitrose Effect - the hidden costs of gentrification

Is a new Waitrose in your neighbourhood a cause for excitement, or a troubling omen for your future in the area? 

A new study reveals that the high-end supermarket is linked with rising evictions of private tenants in areas they open up in.

The analysis, conducted by Oxford University academic David Adler for Generation Rent, found that the arrival of a new store was associated with an increase in the number of evictions of between 25% and 50%.


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