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 2015-10-06 14:38:27 +0100
    Ha! Generation Rent are a joke. They’ve single-handedly forced the eviction and extreme rent rises of thousands, possibly hundreds of thousands, of tenants. I am now in the process of evicting 21 families who have had secure homes at low rents (25% below market value, so I certainly CAN raise rents!) for many years in fully refurbished properties. Have you never thought what will happen to those people if landlords are forcibly bankrupted? The PRS where I am has got queues out of the door, I already operate waiting lists and there are many more people asking for one of my houses. But thanks to you I can no longer provide such good value housing. I shall be sure to point out to all of my tenants the government’s new 100+% tax demands and GR’s guiding hand in that. You really couldn’t make this up – the so-called defenders of tenants forcing misery on the very people they claim to support! What berks!
  • commented 2015-10-06 14:22:24 +0100
    I have no sympathy for landlords who will have financial issues once fair and appropriate taxation is applied. Why on earth should greedy speculators buy properties at more advantageous terms than those who want to buy their own property to live in? That’s more important than having a property portfolio. I hope they all have to sell to private owner occupiers at a loss.
  • 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.

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A glimpse of Tory tenancy reform?

An intriguing exchange in the House of Commons this week may contain clues about the government's big forthcoming announcement of reforms to tenancies. 

During a debate on temporary accommodation, the backbench Conservative MP Bob Blackman said this:

The greatest cause of homelessness is the end of an assured shorthold tenancy. They usually run for six months and at the end of that period families often have to move. The solution is clear: we need longer tenancies and more security of tenure for families, but also assurances to landlords that they will get paid their rent and that the tenants will behave themselves in accordance with the contract they have signed. I ask the Minister to update us on where we are going with lengthening tenancies, which would dramatically reduce homelessness at a stroke. Perhaps we can do that.

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Insecure tenancies drag down quality of life

With home ownership unaffordable and council housing unavailable, private renters are living longer in a tenure that wasn't designed to provide long term homes. The constant threat of your landlord deciding to sell up or move back in means that you have none of the stability that a home is supposed to provide.

New polling from Survation, commissioned by us, exposes the impact this has on tenants' lives. It shows that private renters are more anxious about the security of their home and this is holding them back from investing time in their home and their local community. 

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Slowly, but surely, a letting fees ban is coming

Almost a year after Phillip Hammond announced the Government's intention to banning letting fees, we now have a draft bill before parliament.

Since that announcement, we have had a consultation on the ban, and of course a new government, but it has remained on the legislative agenda thanks to the concerted campaigning of renters across the country.

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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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