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 2015-04-07 11:26:46 +0100
    The ease with which buy to let landlords can borrow money and then rent to prospective owner occupiers who would have been turned down for a mortgage on the same property is my issue. It is immoral that people looking for a quick profit can do so at the expense of those wanting to buy a property to live in. Financial speculation and profiteering should not be allowed in the field of property. Everyone has a basic right to live somewhere – why should greedy landlords profit at the expense of the younger generation?
  • commented 2015-04-07 09:12:34 +0100
    Dave Treanor makes perfect sense in previous post. I will read his book.
  • commented 2015-04-07 08:55:49 +0100
    Rented housing is taxed more heavily than owner-occupation. This is seen as falling on landlords but all has to be paid for from rents. Until the sixties home-owners paid tax on the benefit of living rent free (imputed rental income net of mortgage interest) under Schedule “A”, so that the income tax paid on rented housing was more or less the same as on home-ownership. When capital gains tax was introduced owner-occupiers were exempted. You can trace the beginnings of the massive growth in house prices back to the introduction of these two big tax subsidies to owner-occupation. According to the OECD taxation bias in favour of home-ownership benefits those that already own properties (by raising their value) at the expense of those seeking to buy. It does not help affordability. This is a big subject, which cannot be addressed in a short paragraph like this. Which is why I wrote ‘Housing policies in Europe’ comparing the way rental and home-ownership is treated in ten countries across Europe to try to understand why we have one of the least stable housing markets in Europe (after Spain and Ireland). You can download a copy free from http://www.m3h.co.uk/publications
  • commented 2015-04-07 07:19:46 +0100
    As a landlord I am getting tax breaks not available to owner occupiers. If someone borrows £100k to buy a house he will legally claim all the interest paid against tax due on rental income. While someone borrowing £100k to buy a home for himself will have no rent against which tax deductions can be claimed. This inconsistency may be justified on the basis that the landlord is engaging in entrepreneurial activity, but I am not convinced that being a landlord fully qualifies as such.
    There was a time when this sort of entrepreneurial activity was treated differently. I seem to remember higher rates of taxes on “unearned income” in the 1970s.
    Or, more radically, we can question whether any interest payments of any type should be tax deductable, but that may be a step too far. It has always been like this, hasn’t it?
  • commented 2015-04-04 21:15:08 +0100
    I just discovered Generation Rent after Dan’s appearance on BBC News. My son is 36 and has just had to move back with us. Why does no-one appear to be lobbying the Government and prospective MPs about banning mortgages for buy to let landlords and punitively taxing foreign property speculators? These vultures are all buying up property at the cheaper end thus preventing would be owner occupiers froim getting a look in. It’s a scandal.
  • 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

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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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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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