GENERATION RENT campaigns for professionally managed, secure, decent and affordable private rented homes in sustainable communities.

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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 2019-10-28 10:53:20 +0000
    Hi, I signed a tenancy agreement with a landlord. In the first week I had rats/mice problem in the house. I contacted the landlord and he made me call a pest control to solve the issue, but he paid the fee for the pest control. Now after few weeks the rats/mice are back again. Fortunately a previous tenant came to pick up his mail and told me this rats/mice problem has been going for the past 2 years, during his tenancy as well. I no longer want to live in the house. I still have 4 months left to my tenancy agreement. What are my options, what should I do?
  • commented 2019-10-26 04:10:17 +0100
    Sadly I signed my tenancy agreement in may 2019, I’m having to move out due to antisocial neighbours and noise and the agency are trying to charge me nearly £2.5k in fees! What can I do??
  • commented 2019-10-23 12:56:49 +0100
    Hello, Unconventional. Ring Shelter on their main number for England

    Yes! Your local council can help too. Also Crisis are useful as well. Or try Community Legal Advice. Details are below
  • commented 2019-10-23 07:22:15 +0100
    Hi Alex, I called Shelter and the one here in B’ham informed me that they no longer offer support services. They only offer daily call in advice clinic that has a limited number of spots available each day. I got through to them and they told me to go to housing and tell them I need immediate temporary accommodation and then call them back and tell them what housing said
  • commented 2019-10-14 11:36:31 +0100
    Unconventional- That’s awful behaviour from your LL. You are under alot of stress because of his behaviour but you don’t have to tolerate this bully. Please look at
    They give good advice on Landlord Harassment which this is due to his constant bullying of you.

    Also Shelter have a helpline you can ring for useful advice on your situation. I feel angry for you. But there are rogue LLs out there and charities like GR and Shelter, support those affected by this type of LL. Keep your chin up and don’t take his cr*p!

    But speak to Shelter or CAB to get advice and support which you do need. Good luck. Let us know how it goes xoxoxo
  • commented 2019-10-14 11:11:58 +0100
    I rented a house with a 6 month tenancy agreement. The landlord never gave me a Renting in England booklet, a gas safety certificate or an energy performance certificate, After three months the landlord sent me a section 21 eviction notice because I had to go on universal credit and I had to pay the rent two weeks late. The council gave me full housing duty, but because the landlord didn’t provide the rent booklet or the certificates they said his section 21 eviction notice is not valid so therefore I cannot get temporary housing. Now tit has been almost one year and he landlord is furious, he says he wants his house back to live in, he has sent a section 13 to increase the rent drastically, and he is constantly making my family feel unwelcome and unsettled in the house. We are living our lives walking on eggshells and the stress is actually making us sick. I appealed the rent increase and the Rental Assessment Tribunal is coming to assess the property. The landlord insists that he will be there with his building surveyor during the assessment. I know he just wants to dominate the proceedings to make sure it goes in his favor as he is a really manipulative bully. I wish there was some support system that people like myself could get help from so that someone could be with me when the assessment is being done to make sure I don’t get railroaded.

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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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Landlords should pay tenants’ moving costs: the case for relocation payments

We polled 2,000 people on their experience of moving home.

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We need a national register of landlords - here's why

Right now, the private rented sector is a wild west which at best costs a fortune for somewhere you can’t call a home and at its worst is dangerously unsafe. In fact, it’s so unregulated that right now the government doesn’t actually know how many landlords are out there.

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Housing isn’t a priority for Boris Johnson. Here’s why it should be:

There was no mention of private renting in the Queen's Speech today, but it would be a mistake for Boris Johnson's government to overlook it.

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Renters take unfair evictions to the government's door

There are just a few days left to have your say about the government’s plans to scrap Section 21, the law that allows landlords to evict tenants without needing a reason.

The Ministry of Housing’s consultation on abolishing Section 21 closes on Saturday and today, alongside other members of the End Unfair Evictions coalition, we went down to Westminster to call on the government to give tenants the protections needed to enjoy a stable home.


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Generation Rent celebrates restrictions on holiday let adverts!

Transport for London has banned adverts for holiday let companies that take homes away from Londoners, following a successful campaign against the anti-tenant adverts by Generation Rent. 


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Tenants in line for £117.90 when renewing

One of the great things about the Tenant Fees Act is that you can save money whether you move home or stay put. 

Since June, tenants signing an agreement on a new home in England do not have to pay letting agent fees. (As of yesterday, the ban applies across the UK.)

But there's been less fanfare for the cap on deposits at five weeks' rent, which means that a tenant renewing the agreement on their current home could get a refund if their deposit is worth more than that.

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Your chance to make tenancy deposits fairer

Deposits are behind some of the most common problems we hear about from renters:

  • tenants' money doesn't get protected
  • the struggle to get deposits back when moving home
  • and many of us are unable to afford them in the first place

The good news is the government is looking at how the deposits system can be improved and is asking for renters' experiences until 5 September. This is your chance to share your experience of deposits and help change the system. 

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Finding out if your landlord is a criminal

There are now three live government consultations that could help to reshape the private rental market.

One is on reforming tenancy deposits (deadline for responses 2 September), the second is on abolishing Section 21 evictions (deadline 12 October) and the third, announced last Sunday as well, proposes giving tenants access to a government database of criminal landlords.  

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