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 2018-03-27 16:27:03 +0100
    our story is long and complicated. In fact everyone we turn to says that its so complicated that they don’t know what to advise.18 Months ago the owner of the mobile home site we lease a pitch on told us that the site was illegal, that the local authority had called and told her to get planning and licence or she would have to clear the site. There were 20 homes here at that point. She decided to get planning etc. Only 13 of the homes had been here for over 10 years and as she was going for a certificate of lawfulness she told 7 residents to leave. We had 18 months of hell, no real information, endless misinformation but finally in Oct 2017 we thought we could relax again. The paperwork was in place though there was much work to be done on site to meet with compliances attached to the site licence. Then it hit the fan, the site owner and her family realised that residents could have the protection of the Mobile Home Act 1989. They were beside themselves with anger. However we thought we would be OK in the end. After all we were now a protected site and the law said everyone on such a site had rights. Instead the owners found a solicitor who told them that a little know high court ruling could deny us rights. The Murphy v Wyatt case, this was used at a first tier property tribunal and although the judges agreed with my argument that our case bore little resemblance to the this case they could not get past one point of law. That was the inception of our (verbal) agreements came before the planning and site licence. We have all been served with eviction notices now. We seem to have nowhere to turn. Despite promises by the owner that we would have pitch agreements, homes for life, despite the fact some people have spent thousands because the owner told them they would be secure it looks like we will all have to leave. My appeal on grounds of promissory estoppel was also rejected by the property tribunal and though some other residents may have stronger cases for promissory estoppel most feel to worn down or just do not have the money to fight a case. So a person who has broken the law for 30 years, during which time the local authority called but did not follow up, gets away with everything and we are about to become homeless. I was told by a council official that the situation was ignored over the years because it was just to messy to deal with, they just “put it back in the box” We get the feeling they everyone just wished they could do the same with us.
  • commented 2018-03-05 14:24:34 +0000
    Wish this organisation all success. Little help from government, there help to buy to rent statue was open ended and to be in line with affordable housing should have had legal conditions on rent /upgrading cost Anna residue value of property in the conditions.
    As to Monday’s prime minister statem. NO itimeline NO plan, NOBODY in charge.
    Wait again
  • commented 2018-02-15 19:39:52 +0000
    My boyfriend and I are some of the latest victims of a Revenge Eviction. We have searched high and low for help but there is none! I would love to speak to you…. in our case it is not a cheap, run down property but a quite expensive property which came with huge problems, considered by the agency the House of Horrors, by the lady who did the inventory not fit to be rented out, still as we were finally starting to settle down instead of compensation we received the Section 21. I would love to speak to you…. I have sent letters to everybody I could think of, met with politicians, organizations, all doors closed. Feeling desperate! Regards, Francisca Rigaud
  • commented 2017-12-29 16:22:32 +0000
    James Hinchcliffe – Hi. I did slightly misinterpret your original post, my apologies. But we are in full agreement that this site should be actively campaigning to ban private buy to let parasites. That’s why I joined, several years ago, but I’ve never had any reply from those who run this site on any post, so I’ve basically given up. My MP, the Chancellor and the Housing Minister are similarly uninterested.
  • commented 2017-12-29 15:46:35 +0000
    Hi Foxwatcher. Thanks for the reply but I’m not sure how you’ve read my comment as me being happy to rent privately. The point is that I have little choice. Remember that my entrance into adulthood was during the late 90s – the exact time at which council housing began to become more and more scarce. I made some tentative efforts to source council housing around that time (and later) but was always discouraged by the lengthy waiting lists and also told that as a single young male I wasn’t a priority (which is fair enough in many ways). The only thing I ever was offered was a high rise flat in my late 20s (via a council-cum-housing association I might add – ie not even fully state owned) and in no way suggesting that this is beneath me (trust me – I’ve lived in worse) I took the decision that I could source something a little more suitable in the private market for only slightly more rent and have been in the private market ever since. Suggesting that this “choice” makes me some sort of socialist traitor is surely a hopelessly ultra left position. You could just as easily claim that I’m not a socialist because I work for a profit making organisation and buy consumer products (you know, like, live under capitalism and not in some kind of self-created socialist vacuum). It’s a baseless accusation. But anyway, I don’t want to argue with you as we’re essentially in agreement and I don’t like to argue with others on the left (much). I completely agree that “buy to let” should be illegal. Do you (or anyone) know how I can become actively involved in Generation Rent (ie attend meetings, campaign on behalf of tenants etc.)? That’s basically why I joined the site. Cheers, James
  • commented 2017-12-28 19:15:35 +0000
    James Hinchcliffe – Hi. You say that you find “buy to let” morally repugnant and it offends your socialist principles, yet you have apparently happily rented from a private landlord for many years, lining their pockets with both your rent and the capital increase of the property. I can’t see how you can imply that you’re happy with this situation. Buy to let needs to be made illegal.

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Section 21: Terrible for tenants and lengthy for landlords in court

Our campaign to end unfair evictions has caught the attention of Parliament. On Thursday, MPs are debating “the use of Section 21 evictions in the private rented sector”.

We’re calling for the abolition of Section 21, and the government is considering responses to its proposed three-year tenancies. This is the first opportunity MPs will have to air their views on reform, and quiz the Housing Minister, Heather Wheeler, on her department’s proposals. We’ll get a sense of what there is cross-party support for.

Ahead of the debate, we wanted to take a look at what we know about evictions and their extent. It's important to note that the problems with Section 21 go far beyond the basic number of evictions. The threat of a no-fault eviction discourages tenants from treating the property as their long term home, and even from complaining about disrepair.

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Pressure builds on Natwest over benefit discrimination

Back in October, we learned that Natwest had asked one of its buy-to-let customers to either evict her tenant, who was receiving housing benefit, or pay a draconian fee to switch her mortgage.

The bank’s terms and conditions prohibited customers from letting to tenants in receipt of housing benefit. Yet another example of a bank discriminating against low-income households and fuelling the “No DSS” culture. But this time, 62% of the bank is owned by the government, i.e. us.

The landlord has started a petition urging the government to stop this practice by high street banks, and it’s nearly at 5000 signatures.

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Life after Section 21

Today is the 30th anniversary of the Housing Act 1988 receiving Royal Assent and becoming law. The Act introduced the assured shorthold tenancy, and, with it, Section 21, the ability for landlords to evict without needing a reason.

As part of the End Unfair Evictions campaign we are calling for Section 21 to be scrapped, and demanded this in our response to the government’s recent consultation on longer tenancies. In our response we also set out how the private rental market should work once Section 21 is history.

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Lords send ministers away to fix fees ban

The letting fees ban has inched closer to being law. Yesterday a Grand Committee of the House of Lords went through most of the Tenant Fees Bill, line by line. There are still potential loopholes that could leave tenants vulnerable to exploitation.

Following lobbying by ourselves, Shelter and Citizens Advice, and amendments by peers including Baroness Grender and Lord Kennedy, the government has now agreed to examine them before the Report Stage.

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Hammond Housing Horror

Despite repeated cries by the Chancellor that “your hard work has paid off”, the Autumn Budget was underwhelming in its efforts to address the housing crisis. In brief, nothing new for renters, a mixed bag for landlords, and support for first-time buyers moving into shared ownership. Several extra pots of cash for housebuilding but well short of what’s needed and nothing radical in terms of reforming the land market to funnel the proceeds of development to local communities and build more council homes.

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What happens to rents if landlords exit the market? Nothing.

Today we publish new research looking at the relationship between the size of the private rental market and rents, in light of the credit crunch, landlord tax changes, and proposals for tenancy reform.

We demonstrate that:

  • A fall in rental supply is matched by a fall in demand as renters become home owners
  • There is no impact on inflation-adjusted rents - in fact they've been falling
  • The experience of the past 14 years suggests rents are most closely linked to wages - i.e. what renters can afford to pay
  • This should give the government confidence to press on with substantial reform to tenancies
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Is Onward's policy Right to Buy for private renters?

Right to Buy was electoral gold dust to the Conservatives back in the 1980s, but since council homes were sold off unreplaced, and the social housing sector dwindled, it has lost its lustre. With housing policy the key to winning over today’s 18 to, er, 45 year olds, it’s no wonder some in the party have taken up alchemy.

Onward, a think tank peopled by former government advisers, thinks it has the answer, which is about as close to Right to Buy for private tenants as we’re likely to get. Because the property is not the state’s to sell, it’s merely Chance to Buy.

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May removes yet another obstacle to council home building

This week has been the Conservative Party's conference, and their chance to match Labour's pledges to abolish Section 21 and seed-fund renters' unions. 

There is a lot of worry among the party faithful that they are not doing enough about housing - the defining political issue of a generation. But with consultation responses on security being scrutinised by officials back in Whitehall, and Help to Buy facing negative attention, their options were narrow.

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Mayor of London backs indefinite tenancies

At the Labour party conference this week, delegates adopted a motion to (among other things) "Help private renters with an end to ‘no fault’ evictions, controls on rents and new minimum standards, including three year tenancies as standard." 

The BBC reported on this commitment, but beyond the wording of this motion and John Healey's speech, we haven't had any more detail of what this would entail. 

Luckily, Sadiq Khan has obliged. While the Mayor of London is not a member of the Shadow Cabinet, last week's publication of his response to the government's consultation on longer tenancies revealed that he is calling for much the same thing, plus some more idea of what it might look like in practice.

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Labour signs up to #endsection21

We kind of knew this already, but Labour is officially backing our campaign to end Section 21 and will scrap landlords' ability to evict tenants without giving a reason. It was reported by the BBC this morning, was part of the shadow Housing Secretary John Healey's speech in the conference centre, and then a motion on housing that included it was passed.

This follows members of the End Unfair Evictions doing a lot of work behind the scenes to successfully get local Labour parties to support the motion.

An even bigger piece of news was a £20m pot to jumpstart tenants' unions in the UK, reported by the Independent

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