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.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 2015-10-06 13:38:38 +0100
    I’ll start by saying I am a landlord and I can immediately feel the hackles rising. However I feel the need to say to all of you that the worst thing in terms of renting is about to hit you. The Government proposal to restrict the mortgage interest relief to 20% may not sound that bad but it’s when you look at the numbers and understand them that you can see just what a problem it is going to be. I have sent Dan Wilson Craw a simple sample of someone that has one property and what could happen after the tax change and a meager 1% interest rate rise. To break-even (not even make the slightest profit) he would have to increase the rent he charges by exactly 20% and to get back to a fairly low return on his investment he’d have to increase by 40%. This is the plain truth of the tax change. Some will increase rents and some will simply sell up. I fully expect hundreds of thousands of tenants to be displaced through the tax change because landlords are forced to do it. Please do not blame them, it is not their fault. Oh and why not ask Dan to publish the example???
  • commented 2015-09-12 15:16:35 +0100
    what do you think about the proposed government rent reductions. i’m with a housing co op which keeps it’s rent low anyway. if the government want to reduce rents then let them go after the private landlords. as a housing co op reducing our already low rents could mean that the coop would have to windup,i’m sure that we are not thee only co op in this boat. ken
  • commented 2015-09-03 07:59:23 +0100
    People need to get active about the rent situation otherwise nothing will change. Everyone who rents should demand rent controls and more tenants rights. Let’s do it!
  • commented 2015-08-24 13:27:43 +0100
    The only way around the problems above, the way I see it, is for it to be illegal to serve s21 notice without explanation and evidence of it, RENT CAPS,landlord licencing, end to income discrimination, increased LHA cap to market rent.
  • commented 2015-08-24 11:55:21 +0100
    Rents should be capped depending on the quality and quantity of the services in the accommodation. How is it legal to keep putting tent up above inflation with no extra service? There are basic necessities like heating that should be obligatory and if they are not installed then rent should be capped. Landlords get away with murder on the quality they provide for the ridiculously high price of rent.
  • commented 2015-08-22 17:27:04 +0100
    Demand legislation to make it obligatory for landlords to be registered so tenants know where to go if their home needs repairs. Follow Wales example

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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%.


Great cheese selection, but will you be around to enjoy it?

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Giving people the right to a safe home

This week saw the introduction of Karen Buck MP's Homes (Fitness for Human Habitation and Liability for Housing Standards) Bill, a private member's bill which will now have its second reading in parliament on Friday 19 January 2018.

The bill seeks to update the law requiring rented homes to be presented and maintained in a state fit for human habitation - updated because the current law only requires this of homes with a rent of up to £80 per year in London, and £52 elsewhere!

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