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 2015-02-28 19:07:18 +0000
    I am no idiot ie literate numerate and decent it skills but i struggle with on line systems set up for local housing association bidding its just stupid.
    More power to you hope u can get something out of the people like joseph rowntree foundation as the medium to long term effects of this will be people living atparental home arrested development single parenting general dysfunction which are all drivers of stress drug use alcohol misuse crime etc.
  • commented 2015-02-21 12:20:38 +0000
    My landlady turns up whenever she feels like and and often threatens with a notice of eviction if my clothes arent in my wardrobe. She also dictates how to keep the house in term of where furniture is placed. Yet the repairs to the property that needed doing before i moved in are still not done and its been 3 months now. And the appliances in the place don’t function as it stated in the contract. But when i bring this up nothing happens. Is there anything i can do?
  • commented 2015-02-15 23:06:41 +0000
    Make private rented accommodation subject to Business Rates instead of Council Tax. This would effectively end BTL overnight. Not only would this raise an extra £25bn per year, but it would rationalise and professionalise the residential side of the rental property market. Good for costs, and a better service for tenants.

    And no, landlords could not simply pass this tax increase on to tenants. They’d either have to swallow it or sell up.

    £25bn off VAT would reduce it to around 15% for the top rate. Which would not only help boost growth, but help the poorest.

    Of course replacing Business Rates with an LVT, would produce even better and fairer results.
  • commented 2015-02-14 17:45:24 +0000
    Hi,

    We at Teepee want to create a new online rental search to empower renters, make the rental process easier and transparent, and do so free for renters.

    Hope this isn’t viewed as spam, as we’d like to canvas your thoughts on a few fundamentals.

    So, we have a few questions — 30 seconds to complete — and as a thank you for completing we will enter you into a prize draw to win tea for 2 people at the Ritz in London — link below and many thanks in advance.

    https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/JYNJBWR
  • commented 2015-02-11 00:26:40 +0000
    It’s crazy that landlords can have the capital and interest paid off on a mortgage, maintain the property and still have cash to spare, all funded by tenants. Can we not create a fairer solution for tenants? I’ve outlined a potential solution on my website here: http://eddybox.com/the%20potential%20solution.html Is this possible? What do people think?
  • commented 2015-02-10 13:19:18 +0000
    Of course some people are lucky enough to have more than one house, one here and one in Italy, but don’t have a financial need to rent one off, eh Polly?

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If London housebuilding is reliant on overseas investment, where do we go from here?

Commissioned in Autumn 2016, the final report of the London Mayor’s investigation into the role of overseas investment in housing was published last week – but its findings can be read in very different ways.

Based on research by the LSE, its major conclusion and argument is that off-plan and pre-sales to the overseas market are integral to the current development model in London – and therefore also key to leveraging more affordable housing through section 106 agreements on those sites. 

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Renters vote - and cause another political upset

The results are in, and the UK's voters have delivered yet another shock.

The dust still has to settle but one thing is already apparent: the votes of renters had an impact yesterday. Twenty of the 32 seats that the Conservatives lost to Labour and the Liberal Democrats had more renters than average. Back at the 2011 census, those 32 seats had an average private renter population of 19% - it was 16% in the country as a whole.

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The choice tomorrow

We haven't been posting much on here for the past few weeks as we have joined forces with ACORN on #RentersVote for the duration of the election. 

There we have analysed each of the 5 UK-wide parties' manifestos and pulled it all together into one big graphic, so you can see what we made of their housing commitments side-by-side.

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Save £404 when you move after fees ban

Tomorrow is the final chance to respond to the government's consultation on their proposals to ban letting fees.

Ahead of this we have published our latest research from lettingfees.co.uk, which features in today's Times (£), Guardian and i. We have also published an update to last year's report.

Our main findings are that the government's proposals will save the average tenants £404 when they move, and an average £117 every 6 or 12 months to renew the tenancy.

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3.4m private renters risk losing their vote

With one week until voter registration closes, we've estimated that more than three million private renters in England are at risk of losing their vote at the General Election.

1.8m private renters have moved home since the 2016 Referendum and must therefore register again. Private renters are typically on tenancy agreements of no longer than 12 months and are six times more likely to move in a given year than homeowners.

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Celebrating ingenuity in the property industry

The steam train. The vaccine. The television. The World Wide Web. The tenancy renewal fee.

What connects them all? Each one is an incredibly successful British invention.

Yes, we may no longer have the manufacturing prowess that once sustained all corners of the country, but a certain group of entrepreneurs have exerted their creative minds to produce the £250 photocopy, and are currently raking it in.

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One promise the Prime Minister must keep

Theresa May has broken her word. She ruled out a snap election five times, then called one.

Our question is: what other promises is she going to tear up?

The government is consulting now on proposals to ban letting fees, and the deadline of 2 June is a week before polling day.

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Proposed ban on letting fees unveiled

For four and a half months we've been waiting with bated breath for the government's proposals to ban fees, and today they were unveiled as the government finally launched its consultation.

The policy is no half-measure - tenants will not have to pay fees in connection with their tenancy outside of rent, refundable deposit, holding deposit and extra services they require during the course of the tenancy (e.g. replacing lost keys).

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Generation Rent wins prestigious campaigning award

Last night, Generation Rent was handed the Housing and Homelessness Award at the 2017 Sheila McKechnie Foundation awards in London.

The award was in recognition of our work in the past year to mobilise renters as a political force, which culminated in the government’s announcement of a ban on letting fees in November.

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Four new trustees help bolster the organisation

We are pleased to welcome four new trustees who have joined the Generation Rent board since the start of the year.

Daniel Bentley, Sean Cosgrove, Betsy Dillner and Hannah Williams bring with them decades of experience in political communications, financial management, movement building and business development.

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