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 2015-04-03 12:35:33 +0100
    Rising prices are making housing increasingly unaffordable and for years we have built too few homes. Do other countries do any better, and why have Spain and Ireland done so much worse? ‘Housing policies in Europe’ compares UK housing policy with other countries and comes to some interesting conclusions on why house prices in the UK are so unstable. Part of the answer lies in better long term rental alternatives to home-ownership. Buy a copy for £20 or download the whole book free from http://www.m3h.co.uk/publications
  • commented 2015-04-02 18:53:10 +0100
    If you are not doing it already, you should get the gla to recognise the need for mor intermediate rented homes in London. If these aren’t to be delivered through the social housing sector, what are the private sector doing about building a home for young working Londoners that could provide well located, minimal homes for enough time to enable them to save for a deposit.
  • commented 2015-03-28 22:07:32 +0000
    At Roompik we have been assisting both renters and landlords fill and find rooms more easily. We believe if can improve search efficiency, we can take a proactive step. If you are interested, please download via iPhone or get in touch https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/id924889270
  • commented 2015-03-26 16:29:22 +0000
    I am currently working on a website to expose Foxtons. If you have been using Foxtons and have stories with proof (photos with damages you inherited when you moved into the property, breach of contract, misrepresentations, eviction, abuse, bullying etc by Foxtons) please contact me at foxtonscomplaintsnow@gmail.com
    Part of my story is now on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sSxucrDhvfc&feature=youtu.be
  • commented 2015-03-25 23:00:32 +0000
    Just wondering others thoughts on this,

    If the government were to put a levy on earnings accuired through rental incomes (instead of current tax breaks), would this deter landlords from entering the market, therefore creating a wealthier society of tenants and first time buyers.
  • commented 2015-03-18 08:39:24 +0000
    Not everyone wants to be tied into long term tenancy agreements – you can’t see into the future and know what you need in 12 months time. We provide a real home for those who will rent for all or most of their lives and if you pay the rent and are good tenants you can stay as long as you want and we only have an annual rent increase review – however,.

    At Unohomes we allow tenants to give us 1 week’s notice to leave – why do we do this?
    because if you don’t want to stay with us or can’t then it is best you go – we offer affordable housing and charge no fees to tenants – we fill your flat within 24 hours from our waiting list!

    simples!

    unohomes.co.uk – the way forward………………………

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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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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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National study finds tenants optimistic but rental market oppressive

Every year the government runs the English Housing Survey. General findings are published in February, then, to the delight of housing geeks, the juicy detail on the different subsections of the market arrives in July. We've taken a look at the findings for 2015-16, published last week.

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Queen's Speech 2017: are you listening Westminster?

Before today's Queen's Speech, which set out the government's parliamentary programme for the next two years, there were two theories about how housing and private renting might feature, and what kind of prominence it would be given.

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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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