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.

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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 2019-12-03 15:22:38 +0000 · Flag
    jae, I identify center ground politically, if you perceive me as Nationalistic thats your issue.
    As long as immigration is controlled it’s fine (as it allows a government to plan for and implement the additional infrastructure that is required).
    The situation we have, as you may recollect, is that the opposite has happened, and as a result we have this housing crisis (amongst other crises).
    But yes I do have the interest of low income households at heart, that at least we have in common.
    As for councils the Conservatives recently permitted them to access funding for new social housing. Neither Labour run nor Conservative run councils seemed to have leapt at this opportunity and the rate of council housebuilding remains at a trickle.
  • commented 2019-12-03 13:37:32 +0000 · Flag
    Beth Dig: Nationalism is terribly ugly – and a dangerous concept: perhaps my social history and politics is stronger than my economics, and my memory and experience of the wars brought about by all the former preceeds yours, but I see you fall into this Nationalistic, camp. I don’t intend to debate further with you because we speak different languages: but no, thank you, I do not need to attend an economics course. However, I am grateful that you seem to have my interests at heart. Perhaps speak to your Conservative/Brexit/Nationalistic allies and talk to them about funding our Councils properly? Regards Jae
  • commented 2019-12-03 08:57:28 +0000 · Flag
    Jae, yes I maintain a view that the private rented sector should not be responsible for housing those on low incomes.
    Councils and housing associations should be the only parties doing his. It’s just a shame they haven’t been able to build the millions of houses needed by our growing population (Partly due to uncontrolled immigration!). You probably need to go on an economics course and study supply and demand.
    Right to buy was actually first proposed by Labour. New Labour let house prices rise without any intervention. Labour aren’t exactly not at fault!
    Actually it’s the conservative party which has introduced tenant fees ban, fitness for habitation, etc so landlords are more regulated than ever. The real problem though is that councils don’t have the funds or inclination to enforce existing powers!
  • commented 2019-12-01 17:25:56 +0000 · Flag
    Beth Dig: What a cacophony of comments: Who, is responsible for LOW INCOMES; SOCIAL HOUSINGTHE STATE; then the widely held ‘’Daily Mail’’ mythology – IMMIGRANTS and SOCIAL HOUSING? But the most confusing of all – ‘’Unfair to expect Private Landlords to house tenants . . .’’? Briefly then: I hope you will be VOTING for a LABOUR government on Dec 12th!
    I watched the Thatcher (Tory) gov during the 1980s, begin to sell off the social housing stock that Labour had commissioned decades earlier (after WW2); WE have recently experienced – and shall continue to experience – the worst AUSTERITY programme since the BANKS crashed the world economy 2008 and to compound this, during the Tories ideological programme of the last decade; Private Landlords have not been properly regulated during all this time – the UK now has around 11million renters; IMMIGRANTS? First of all you would need to define what you mean by immigrants: but I have to tell you, that if you were properly informed, you would not be placing immigrants, in the same breath as low pay, social housing and the rest.
    The STATE, you refer to is always shrunk back by the Tories, and expanded by Labour: you must decide what it is you would like our country to look like post BREXIT?
    And to further nail my colours to the mast, Beth – I voted REMAIN.
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  • commented 2019-12-01 10:43:53 +0000 · Flag
    AC and David. If your landlord won’t respond within a reasonable timescale (for a broken boiler in winter I would say a week), then you need to take legal action as the new fitness for human habitation bill allows a tenant to sue a landlord.
    If your property is in a selective licensing area then you can complain to the council who will intervene.
    I think that if you have raised a complaint about repairs then a landlord cannot issue a revenge eviction as this invalidates the section 21 eviction notice.
    If they threaten or harass you call the police immediately!!
  • commented 2019-12-01 10:38:31 +0000 · Flag
    Tomasina. You highlight an important issue – who should be supporting the ever growing amount of people on low incomes with no savings. This should be the government. There should be more campaigning for a lot more social housing (and dare I say it less immigration). It’s unfair to expect private landlords to house tenants who in the past would have been supported by the state.
    We need to stop attacking private landlords and focus our attention on pressuring the government to increase social housing!

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What's on offer for renters tomorrow?

Tomorrow is polling day! Before you cast your vote, here's a round up of the policies from each party's manifesto on the issues we've been campaigning on since the last election

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Smaller parties manifesto round up

We've looked at what the SNP, Plaid Cymru, the DUP and the Brexit Party - parties that are only standing in parts of the UK - have to offer renters. 

Three of these parties are only standing in nations where housing issues are devolved, so they understandably have less interest in housing at this election, but there are some issues - like housing benefit - that are decided by Westminster for the whole of the UK.

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Conservative Party Manifesto: What can renters expect?

In the final instalment of our manifesto reviews, we take a look at what the Conservative Party has to offer private renters.

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Labour's Manifesto - Real Change for Renters?

Next in our series of manifesto reviews, we delve into the Labour Party’s pledges to assess what they offer for private renters.

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What is your vote worth? Renters could make a difference in these seats

2.4 million private renters could miss out on voting at the General Election if they don't register to vote by midnight tomorrow. 

Private renters move house more frequently than homeowners, and as a result, just 58% are correctly registered, compared with 91% of homeowners, according to figures by the Electoral Commission. Many renters are on contracts of just 12 months, and private renters are six times more likely to move in a given year than homeowners.

We've worked out which Parliamentary seats could be decided by private renters on 12 December - the seats in orange and brown have more unregistered private renters than the number of votes the last MP won by. 

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Green Party Manifesto: A Green New Deal for Renting?

Next up is the Green Party’s manifesto. We assess whether the Green’s New Deal for housing helps make renting safe, secure and fair.

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Lib Dem Manifesto: Does it deliver for renters?

Over the coming days, we’ll be picking through the parties’ manifestos, and assessing whether the proposed housing policies will help make renting safe, secure and fair. First up: the Liberal Democrats.

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These are the places you're most at risk of a no-fault eviction

Renters in south east commuter towns and the edges of Greater London are at the highest risk of a no-fault eviction, our analysis of government data has revealed. 

The worst place for evictions is the London Borough of Havering where last year 39 in every 1000 private renters were made homeless by landlords selling up, re-letting or evicting to avoid making repairs. And that's just people who sought help from their council - many more will have found a new home, but moved at their own expense.

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Our General Election campaign

Whatever way you look at it - this General Election is important. The next Government will be tackling the big issues of the day like Brexit, crime, protecting our NHS and fixing the housing crisis. At this election Generation Rent is getting stuck in.

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What the next government can do to fix renting - Renter Manifesto 2019

Today we've joined up with renters and housing justice campaigners from across England to launch a national renter manifesto in time for the 2019 General Election. 

Written by Generation Rent, London Renters Union, ACORN, New Economics Foundation, Renters’ Rights London and Tenants Union UK, the manifesto calls for radical reform of private renting and a transformation of the housing system - including the abolition of section 21 evictions, the introduction of rent controls and an end to discrimination of tenants on housing benefit.

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