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 2018-05-11 22:26:45 +0100
    Hi there Just touching base . I was at the people powered housing event and very impressed with your campaign . I own and run Katie Fitzgeralds in Stourbridge we support a lot of community activity in our area , I am also in the process of forming Stourbridge Community Development Trust which will be looking at some sort of housing campaign or project once its established . If you are ever looking for support in our area we also have strong contacts with local Labour activists so do let us know . Cheers Eddy Morton
  • commented 2018-05-11 15:25:20 +0100
    I have direct experience of working in a Letting Agents office and Landlords are being encouraged to evict very long standing tenants, some of whom have been in occupation for up to 50 years, paying a low rent and living in condemnable conditions for fear of the rent going up or being evicted. The reason they are being evicted is because the Agents are telling the Landlords that they can evict their tenants, do the property up and then “achieve a higher income stream”. It is heartbreaking to see people in their 80 s lost and at the mercy of this ruthless movement which is fuelled purely by greed, being forced to leave their homes when they thought they d have a home for life. And this is happening in rural areas as well as towns. Councils are at breaking point and are simply overwhelmed with people desperate to find somewhere to live. On a pension, which is a fixed income, how can people possibly afford ridiculously high rents, and housing benefit/universal credit is an absolute joke, with waiting times up to three months and basing what they award people on the market rent 25 years ago. Landlords can pretty well do what they like and are often rich people who have inherited property and have no clue what it’s like to struggle, and what is worse, don t care. They can do it because it’s allowed, and up until now, no one is watching.
  • commented 2018-05-01 09:31:33 +0100
    Hi there, S3A Management Ltd agency in London are refusing to give my boyfriend and I a housing contract despite us asking for it for almost a month. We have asked and asked. Belatedly I discover that they don’t have an office or a website and seemingly no on or offline presence, apart from this: https://beta.companieshouse.gov.uk/company/10848917/officers. They have our deposit. What can we do? Thank you!
  • commented 2018-04-26 20:56:45 +0100
    the sooner we get agents’ fees on tenants scrapped, the better. it’s complete extortion. they work for the landlord, charge him and then charge us. what a rip off.
  • 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.
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Parliament abolishes £410m-a-year scam

The House of Commons has read letting agent fees their last rites! This afternoon MPs voted to approve the final version of the Tenant Fees Bill signed off last week by the House of Lords.

From 1 June, private renters moving home will no longer have to pay fees to start a new tenancy in England. Agents will only be able to ask for rent, and refundable holding and security deposits (capped at 1 week’s rent and 5 weeks’ rent respectively). The only exemptions are fees to cover the cost of lost keys, late rent payments, changing the name on a tenancy or ending a tenancy early.

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The lexical challenge of building more affordable homes

At the launch of the Affordable Housing Commission in October, the chair, Lord Best, a veteran of august commissions spanning the past 30 years, related an experience he’d had with one that was looking at The Future of the Family.

More than halfway into the process, its chair came to meet its sponsor (then plain old Richard Best) and admitted that they were a little behind schedule. They hadn’t managed to agree on a definition of “family”.

From the off, members of the commission – of which I am honoured to be one – are therefore highly conscious of the need to get the basics right. But not only do we need to know what “affordable” means (already the subject of much controversy in the housing world), but I think we also need to define “home”.

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2018 takes renters closer to a fairer housing market

It's our End Of Year round-up! 2018 has been an exciting year for the campaign. Through our work - with activists, renter unions and other groups - we are closer to a safer, fairer and more secure private rental market.

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Letting Agents are not the "servants of two masters"

Parliament’s scrutiny of the Tenant Fees Bill has exposed the common misconception that a letting agent works for both the landlord and the tenant. A letting agent is not, as David Cox, CEO of ARLA Propertymark had put it, “effectively the servant of two masters.” Letting agents typically act for only one side (usually, the landlord).

An agent’s role is to serve the interests of the person who appoints them. It is simply not possible to act loyally for two parties whose interests are at odds (e.g. when one side would rather receive higher rent and the other would rather pay less). To suggest otherwise is to contradict English statute and common law, the Property Ombudsman’s guidance, the forthcoming Tenant Fees Bill and even the Bible.

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MPs debated Section 21 - here's what they had to say

On Thursday 6th December our campaign to end unfair evictions reached the Houses of Parliament.

Labour MP Karen Buck, in partnership with the End Unfair Evictions campaign, sponsored a Westminster Hall parliamentary debate on the problems pertaining to Section 28 evictions. MPs came together to share horror stories from their constituents of evictions as well as discuss the larger power imbalances born of the constant threat of eviction many tenants live with.

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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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